|James Baker, a Newport native, received his BA from Providence College
and his BFA and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
He is Professor of Art at Providence College, where he has been teaching since 1972.
He has been awarded five Providence College Faculty Research Grants,
as well as an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
His drawings of fishes were featured in John Hersey's Blues,
published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1987.
He has exhibited nationally and internationally
and is represented in several museum collections in the United States.
The following interview took place
at Professor Baker's home in November of 1998.
It was first published in the limited edition catalog issued to accompany the exhibition
James Baker: Selected Works, 1968-1998
Newport Art Museum
Newport, Rhode Island
January 22 - April 18, 1999
Interview © James Baker and Christian-Albrecht Gollub
|Fish Box, 1998, 11.5" x 6.5" x 2"
(from the exhibition Celestial Tides)
|The course of the work in this exhibition is both chronological and cyclic
and represents an ongoing response to the mystical phenomenon of nature. The works are metaphors
for a state of mind that affirms a spiritual reality in which we all exist. Whether transitory or enduring,
these phenomena are signs of a deeper sense of being and of the infinite.
-- James Baker