Charming Baker (British, Born 1964)
Charming Baker was born in Hampshire, UK in 1964. His father was a Commando in the British Army and Baker spent much of his childhood accompanying him around the world. After a series of manual jobs, he attended Central Saint Martin’s College - he later became a lecturer there.
He went on to become a commercial designer for companies such as the BBC and The Daily Telegraph.
He has had solo exhibitions in London, New York and LA. A collaborative work with Sir Paul Smith was shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Baker says: "I like to take people along a path which leads them to a place they don’t expect to be."
His work features in major collections worldwide and Damien Hirst is a fan, who said: "It's hard to say what makes a painting great. Who gives a damn? Charming Baker’s paintings are great".
BBC: Charming Baker: East London artist goes to Hollywood
Telegraph: Charming Baker: the artist who shot to fame