Lucy Baker Acrylic Painting on Canvas "Human Being #12" Zulu Series
Lucy Baker (American, b. 1955)
Human Being #12_, from Zulu Series 1987
acrylic on canvas
signed lower right
inscribed to the verso; Lucy Baker 1987/ ‘Human Being #12’
40′ × 60′
The Lucy Baker and Kenworth Moffett Collection of New New Group Painters
Included with the painting is an exhibition catalog for Lucy Baker, 2002.
An acrylic painting on canvas titled Human Being #12 by Lucy Baker, executed in 1987. Bold, vibrant strokes of orange color depict a skeletal and gestural naked male figure rendered in a ‘one shot’ performance without sketches. The rapturous figure twists and curves in a demonic dance of death. The Neo Expressionist figures were partially inspired by the Zulu dancers of South Africa, but also share the same individuality and life defined by Lucy’s vibrancy.
Lucy was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1955. She received her B.A Fine Arts at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, 1975 and her Certificate of Welding at Platt Tech. in Milford, Connecticut, 1977. She attended the Emma Lake workshop in 1980 as a guest of Kenworth Moffett. Member of the New New Painters, a group of artists brought together by the first curator of modern and contemporary art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Kenworth Moffett in 1978. Lucy has been the key figure for an entire movement of brilliant artists, the New New Painters, whom she has led both stylistically and in the use of the new acrylic paints and gels.