Sharon’s art practice uses printmaking processes. She studied Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton, completing a BA Honours degree in 1992. She gained her Master of Arts in Fine Art from Coventry University in 1999. Her work has been shown in national print competitions and in exhibitions across the UK and France and displayed in the House of Commons. In 2019 she was the first prize winner of the inaugural Westmorland Landscape Prize and, at the Derby Print Open, the St Cuthbert’s Mill Prize. She has recently completed a month-long residency at the Grafikwerkstatt, Dresden, Germany, funded by the City of Dresden, selected by the Coventry/Dresden Arts Exchange. She works as a freelance artist and arts facilitator in the West Midlands.
Sharon makes work using photographs, drawings and accidental marks; visual fragments gathered from the past and present. Her practice responds to her environment: the urban and natural landscape and how people affect, influence and change it. She celebrates imagery that might be viewed as mundane and ubiquitous, exploring ideas around nostalgia, class and cultural heritage to question what people value in art and in life. Sharon produces work in series; her work over the years has contrasting styles depending on her subject matter and processes.
Winner of the St Cuthberts Mill Award (2019)
PREVIOUSLY SELECTED PRINTS
Robot Monolith I
by Sharon Baker
Photopolymer Intaglio & Block Print on Somerset Velvet White (300gsm)