If Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin had had a secret love child
ARTS & CRAFTS | 01/10/2018
If Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin had had a secret love child, conceived in 1960s psychedelia, fuelled by ancient rites of spirituality and animal rights, her name would be Lauren Baker.
Meet Lauren Baker - the second in the series of artists' profiles from IndiePro member The Art Hound Gallery. Her exciting new works will be released, on show and available to buy with the Gallery, first in London at Moniker, then in October at their Cambridge gallery.
Born in Middlesborough in the North of England, Lauren Baker is now an internationally-exhibited multidisciplinary artist, whose work explores spirituality, the Universe and cosmic energy through the medium of Light Art.
Baker’s most recognisable works are her large scale iconic Light Art installations, which have been featured at major art institutions such as the Tate Britain and the V&A. Her work explores the fragility of life, energy-fields, the after-life and other dimensions. Lauren Baker’s mantra is that humans are innately spiritual, artistic and connected to a much wider universe than we often perceive. These concepts are expressed through Neon, LED sculpture, print making and more, often involving light reflective or light creating materials.
Lauren Baker’s art was initially inspired by her time spent in the Peruvian Amazon. In 2012 her art career started in earnest with a life-changing trip to South America. Here she joined a mosaic street-art project in Brazil and spent time in the Peruvian Amazon jungle surrounded by dense vegetation and wildlife. She then researched the foremost institutions in the world in order to study mosaic and henceforth developed her technique in Venice, alongside expanding her inner-self through spending time with Shamans.
Her exhibition with The Art Hound Gallery at Moniker International Art Fair in 2018, is a showcase for her most explosive and ambitious works to date. It includes a large-scale installation and ‘Explosion Art’, works created through experimentation with highly dangerous pyrotechnics and chemical explosions. She has been tipped as “an artist we will we be watching out for” by Carey Robinson, curator at The Tate and as ‘Highly Collectible” by Sarah Williams, head of Art Buying at M&C Saatchi. Lauren Baker’s work has been closely followed by the mainstream media, most recently featured in The Independent in August 2018 and in a plethora of publications such as The Evening Standard, The BBC and The Daily Mail, as well as in a varied host of magazines such as The New Scientist, Marie Claire and Vogue. She also has strong beliefs concerning animals and conservation, and is an ambassador for Save Wild Tigers.
The Art Hound Gallery are incredibly proud to represent Lauren Baker and to bring her cutting-edge work to audiences both in and outside of London. Exhibiting and selling her work in Cambridge has shown that art connected to large scale major gallery installations is accessible to all collectors - both as an investment and as a decorative piece to hang in your own home. The Art Hound have an entire catalogue of original prints by Lauren Baker, featuring diamond dusts, glow in the dark inks and lenticular movements, but also are able to source her major neon and LED light pieces for the collector who really wants to turn their home or office into a mini Tate Gallery.