John Baird

Blue Arrangement, acrylic, schellac, wallpaper, oil, varnish, 120x90cm

About John Baird:

Working across mediums including painting, collage and sculpture, Mornington Peninsula based artist John Baird creates works that are at once fresh and familiar, contemporary and classic.

Over his career Baird has developed a unique aesthetic that explores how slippages between utilitarianism and decoration inhabit everyday objects.  His work is situated within the blurred territory where decoration and high art converge.

With a lingering aura of nostalgia, Baird elevates everyday objects such as the sail-boat, ocean tanker, dressing table or floral arrangement from the commonplace. By consciously conflating foreground and background, Baird forges a surreality that adds a dream-like dimension to his constructed spaces, enkindling our memories and inspiring our imaginations.