After some years in intelligence, Alix Baker spent the majority of her art career as one of the UK’s top military artist with works collected across the world and in many museums. She has been the author of articles on military dress for international specialist magazines and journals.
Military work required not only extremely thorough research but also the ability to paint the human figure, to understand equipment and campaigns This morphed conveniently into her non-military side that now tends to be the majority of her paintings.
Alix’s subjects include marine, landscape, and urban, in oils, acrylics and watercolours, plain air and in her studio; styles include impressionism, contemporary impressionism, semi-abstract, illustrative and caricature/cartoon. Experimentation is constantly rearing its head.
She has exhibited on many occasions at the Mall Galleries with the RSMA, ROI, RBA and once with the ING Discerning Eye, and in other London exhibitions. Alix was very honoured to be the first woman and non-Armed Forces person to chair the Armed Forces Art Society which included several renowned artists such as David Shepherd, Ken Howard and Michael Noakes. She has been a very active committee member of several art societies and has organised and judged many exhibitions.
Having lived overseas, she is fascinated by people and places at home and abroad. The more removed from home, the more she hopes her paintings of people in their own environment convey a story and even a sense of mystery to the viewer.
Some highlights: seeing her work used in a West End play and in television dramas (such as ‘A Tough of Frost’), the subject of study by GCSE and A level students on numerous occasions, commissioned to produce a very large series of military paintings for the late HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman and clothing designs for his Royal Orchestra , profiled by BBC’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ and The Daily Telegraph, The Times, and overseas press and radio.
“I believe there is a genetic link to the subjects I have painted over the years. Many ancestors were in the armed services, several were artists, explorers and one grandfather, also an artist, built his own racing yachts. So I should not be surprised at what I choose to paint now and in the future……!"
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