About Don

Don Baker was born in Pomona, California, the eldest of four children. Throughout his childhood, he drew or created unusual and different art projects and often found himself in trouble with his teachers, because he failed to follow their assignments, in favor of doing them his way.

After serving four years in the Air Force, he attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, studying illustration, fine and commercial art. In 1962, he moved to New York and began a career in commercial art, working on TV commercials, creating print ads, and earning several “Best Commercial” and “Best print ad” of the year awards.

In 1963, he met and married Annemie. They soon moved to a little cottage in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, where, one afternoon, while clearing out some underbrush, Don discovered a buried, wooden board with a rusted license plate attached. Upon separating the plate from the board, he noticed the rust imprint which remained beautifully tattooed into the wood. With this discovery, Don Baker began his fascinating journey into a world of rusted metal objects.

By 1964, he had perfected his technique, and through experimentation and inventiveness, he created a new and visionary art form: Rusting Metal onto canvas.

Presently, Don and Annemie live in Tucson, Arizona.

A Few of Don's Recent Exhibitions

Hickey Gallery, Aikens, S. Carolina
One-man show
December 1, 2013

Contemporary Art Fair,NYC
Jacob Javits Center, NYC
October 19 - 21, 2012
Juried Exhibition

Talking Stick Fine Art and Wine Festival
Scottsdale, AZ
Nov 25 - 27, 2011
Juried Exhibition

Miraval Resort, Tucson, AZ
Exhibition
April 2009 - Present

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliances
Ventana Medical System Gallery
"Cultural Diversity" Juried Show
March 2010 - June 2010

Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ
"Re-Visions: Art Made From Reclaimed Materials"
May - August 2009

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
"Arizona Biennial ´05" Juried Show
May-August, 2005

Invitational Show, White Plains, NY
"The 37th Artists of Westchester Show"
November, 2001

Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
"Gathering"
January, 2001