Glen Baxter - color me, 2018
Opening an album by the British artist Glen Baxter is like setting off on a voyage of discovery, full of bizarre events and odd customs. And if you accept the challenge, a butterfly tamer, a pineapple golf-ball, a square wheel, a head-kennel, some funny table manners and all kinds of crazy hobbies, are all yours! There's nothing to try and understand, just imagination by the bucket-load when you cross into the land of the absurd. Elementary, dear Watson!
Glen Baxter AKA Colonel Baxter.
Glen Baxter is a British illustrator born in 1946 in Leeds and who currently lives and works in London. His drawings are accompanied by shot captions inspired by the naïve style of illustration used in 1940s novels for young people. Cowboys, explorers and schoolboys dressed in tweed, placed in often absurd and surreal situations constitute a major theme. This adept of the British school of nonsense in fact found his inspiration on the other side of the Channel in the work of Raymond Roussel, Magritte and De Chirico. His work is characterised by its economy of means, its graphic style without shadow, simple understated colours worked in pastels or pencil and journalistic writing. The humour arises from the off-kilter encounter between drawing and the written word. Glen Baxter works for the press on a regular basis (Vanity Fair, Le Monde, New Yorker) and has been exhibited internationally.