Glen Baxter

Glen Baxter is noted for his absurdist drawings inspired by pulp fiction and adventure comics paired with intellectual jokes and references. Baxter likes to mention Dada and Surrealism, and his pictures are as illogical as those references suggest. His simple line-drawings often feature cowboys, gangsters, explorers and schoolchildren who utter incongruous intellectual statements regarding art and philosophy.

Many current works feature two of his favourite themes, cowboys and art history. Again the combination of a stereotypical character with a patently inappropriate vocabulary repeats his frequently used rhetorical device. Whilst gently mocking pretentious high culture, his work is often at the same time subversive. For whilst it is deeply rooted in post-war public school culture, with its Victorian and colonial British roots, it shows the flaws of the self same world.

Furthermore his work has a wonderful charm and freshness. Despite their origins as scaled-up versions of the archetypical cartoon they maintain a surprisingly delicate aesthetic. Beautifully and delicately drawn there is a painterly sensibility and wonderful understanding of colour.

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Glen Baxter 2005

Glen Baxter 2005

Officer McNally is called to investigate an outbreak of Surrealism on the outskirts of New Jersey
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Glen Baxter 2008

Glen Baxter 2008

'One more iambic pentameter and you're history!' explained the deputy librarian
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Glen Baxter

Glen Baxter

‘So, how long have you been in the interior decoration business?’ snapped Lieutenant Thompson
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Glen Baxter 2006

Glen Baxter 2006

‘So which of you two galoots is the Durned Dutch designer?’ drawled Sheriff McAllister
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Glen Baxter 2005

Glen Baxter 2005

‘We don’t exactly hold much with Chiaroscuro right here in El Paso, stranger’ warned the Deputy
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