Born and raised on the Upper West Side of New York City, Garin Baker is a realist painter with a strong focus on working from life. His paintings vary from complex multi-figure compositions to simple figure studies. Combining a realistic style with expressionistic engagement, Baker paints a variety of contemporary subjects, from large New York cityscapes filled with bustling people to spacious rural landscapes reminiscent of the Hudson River School.
The artist is renowned for his large-scale public art murals found in major cities in the United States and Europe. In addition to offering apprenticeships to young artists — who develop their skills and gain a deeper understanding of the business of art by working alongside Baker — he also teaches life painting at the prestigious Art Students League of New York. Baker has exhibited in several group and solo shows in the greater New York City area, including American Masters at the Salmagundi Club. He was the Grand Prize Winner at Plein Air Easton and the recipient of the Irvine Museum Award. His work has been featured in American Artist and Plein Air magazines.
Baker’s monumental 28 Blocks mural in Washington, DC — which has been the subject of extensive media coverage, including an Emmy-award-winning TV news story — features the iconic image of the seated Abraham Lincoln surrounded by laborers, symbolizing the story behind the building of America. The mural, which was completed in 2017, is located at the Penn Center Building and measures 65 feet high by 160 feet wide.
Baker is represented by The Studio Gallery (New Windsor, NY).