Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art near Denver, Colorado

The addition of artist Andrew Baird to Mirada Fine Art unites the Best Artist in Colorado as declared by the editors of 5280 Magazine, and the Best Gallery as voted by the magazine’s readers. The works of fifth generation Coloradoan Baird perfectly embody the pairing of contemporary art with a Colorado feel.

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art
At first glance, Andrew Baird's paintings seem to resemble the work of Jackson Pollock; but when the linear portraits begin to appear, the striking difference in the content becomes clear. The large, colorful portraits are created through light and dark values in a seemingly chaotic painting. Because the images are defined by value, Andrew Baird is free from predictable use of colors. Vibrant color combinations allow the subject to intriguingly appear and disappear, actively engaging the viewer.

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, Olivia, Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 36"
His works are stunning at both a distance and when studied up close.  The process to create each piece is equally fascinating.  Baird uses a simple wooden ‘stir stick’ to drip acrylic paint onto a canvas on the floor, initially creating a rough sketch. The first few colors lock in the features of his subject.  He revisits the painting each day, adding new color and creating dimension with light and dark values.  “Each time, I drip paint to either lose the image or strengthen it,” states Baird.  “I build layers of color until the painting has the quality I’m striving for. Every painting takes on a fascinating life of its own.  I like it that people study each painting and think about its creation­—this is artwork that actively involves the viewer.”  Vibrant color combinations allow the subject to intriguingly ‘appear’ and ‘disappear’. The diversity of faces and the amazing and unusual way Baird portrays them draws us all in. 

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, Sheryl, Acrylic on Canvas, 45" x 53"
A true Colorado native, Andrew Baird lives and works in Evergreen.  He has worked as an artist and art educator for thirty years.  Mr. Baird earned both his B.A. and M.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Northern Colorado.  His striking paintings have been displayed in exhibits and galleries throughout the U.S. and internationally. Baird’s pieces are held in private and corporate collections alike, including those of Robert Redford and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, We the People, Acrylic on Canvas, 39" x 66"

Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, Katrina, Acrylic on Canvas, 48" x 36"
 
Andrew Baird at Mirada Fine Art, Heart, Acrylic on Canvas, 53" x 45"


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