John Baeder Takes Wing on a Higher Road

Widely considered to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century, John Baeder is best-known for his hyperrealist paintings that made the diner the subject of serious art books and historic preservation efforts.  While Baeder was almost single-handedly responsible for the diner craze of the late 1970s through the 1990s, he has been and is much more than a "diner painter," as his new exhibition at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art reveals. 

This exhibition taps into Baeder's love of historical military aircraft with nearly 40 paintings that, although created with Baeder's trademark realistic style, are not simply paintings of photographs. Baeder has succeeded in painting from photographs while simultaneously stimulating his and his viewers' imaginations. Because he sees his reference photographs as "notes," in the same way that a writer might refer to real-world experience, he never feels compelled to slavishly imitate their visual characteristics.

Now in his mid-seventies, John Baeder continues his artistic journey with undiminished excitement. After more than four decades as a painter, he still retains a childlike sense of wonderment. Baeder is a man whose ardent interests were formed early and have remained constant. "I am going back to images that lit up my imagination in my youth," Baeder explains. "When I was a kid, I loved old military aircraft. I still do."

Contents: 41 oil paintings, 3 watercolors, 1 drawing; all framed.
Supplemental materials: Educational and promotional resources, including color catalogue.
Fee:  $5,000 plus one-way shipping
Sizes: Various, most are 24''x 36'', one large painting 44''x68''
Security: Moderate
Shipping: Standard Art Shipping
Available: 2017 and after

Contact Lauren Wolfer at 260.422.6467 or lauren.wolfer@fwmoa.org with your inquiries.

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