Born in Hampshire 1964, Charming Baker spent most of his early life travelling around the world following his father, a Commando in the British Army. In 1985, having gone back to college, Baker was accepted onto a course at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s, where he later returned as a lecturer. Baker’s work explores well-trodden and intrinsically linked themes; life, love, death, terror, joy, despair… with an underlying reference to the classics and a dark humour.
In recent years Baker has produced sculptural pieces in a wide and varied choice of materials, from the anciently traditional to the not so.
Baker’s ability to conceptualise his thoughts through the medium of sculpture. Faith’s Leap series of sculptures are capturing the innocence of a child through scale, yet conjours fears through the massing of the figure. The plinth is almost idealizing this fear Baker refers to in this work.