Chris Baker the Artist




After a lifetime of creating images with a camera I have moved to the easel to create new pictures with pastel, charcoal and paint.

I studied Graphic design at Hornsey College of Art in the late sixties but found my creative voice through photography and spent the last twenty years specialising in actors headshots. I like to think I helped in some small way to further the careers of people like Michael Sheen, Rob Brydon, Sylvia Syms, Geri Halliwell, Rufus Sewell, Imelda Staunton, Julia Sawahla, Stephen Graham and Joanna Page to name but a few.

Since picking up the paintbrush again I have become a member of and exhibited with Barnet Guild of Artists and Hertford Art Society. I have also exhibited with Courtyard Arts and even had a painting hung at the Royal Academy when I reached the final 12 in BBC's One Show Art competition. In 2015 I took part in Pintar Rapido where artists create a painting in a day and exhibit at Chelsea Town Hall. I was delighted when my oil of Sloane Square sold in the first hour!

I paint and draw a variety of subjects but my favourite subject is the female; both face and figure.  

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Please take a stroll through my Gallery. Most of the work illustrated is for sale in its original form but mostof the pictures on the website are available as reproductions (see Prints).

Click on a picture to view a larger version, then scroll through by clicking either side of the picture. The price and a full description will appear below the image detailing: materials, surface and dimensions (without frame). 

I can email you a photo of the framed picture if required. Pictures can be posted (at the purchaser's risk) or collected from the studio by arrangement.

<p><strong>Final Check</strong> - Acrylic and Pastel on Pastelmat - 50 x 40cms Framed £295.00</p>
<p><strong><em>Untitled </em></strong><em>- </em>Charcoal and white pastel 40x30cms on Canson Paper Unframed £95.00</p>
<p><strong><em>"One Day?" </em></strong>45x35cms Pastel over acrylic on Pastelmat SOLD</p>
<p><strong><em>Dance Class</em></strong> - Charcoal on Paper - 45 x 30cms unframed £95</p>
<p><strong><em>Waiting in the Wings </em></strong>Pastel over acrylic on Pastelmat 35cms x 34cms £225.00</p>
<p><strong><em>The Debut </em></strong>Pastel on Pastelmat 40x30cms framed SOLD</p>
<p><em><strong>Holly at Rehearsal</strong></em> - Charcoal and pastel on Canson paper 50 x 30cms £125</p>
<p><em><strong>The Red Tutu</strong></em> Acrylic and Pastel on Pastelmat 55 x 40cms SOLD</p>
<p><strong><em>Folly Island - Hertford</em></strong> - Oil on canvas 16"x12" Framed £245.00</p>
<p><em><strong>Olives near Kourounes, Crete </strong></em>Oils on Canvas board 35x25cms SOLD</p>
<p><em><strong>Olives</strong></em> - Acrylic - Print Only</p>
<p><strong><em>Sloane Square </em></strong>Oil on canvas board 30cms x 25cms SOLD</p>
<p><em><strong>LUNCH AT THE LOCAL</strong></em> Oil on canvas board 12"x10" (unframed) £145.00</p>
<p><strong><em>Autumn Magic - Hadley Common </em></strong>Oil on Linen board 40x30cms framed £195.00</p>
<p><em><strong>Brewery Pond Hadley</strong></em> - Acrylic on Canvas 40x30cms Framed £275.00</p>
<p><em><strong>Kitts End Lane</strong></em> - Acrylic on Canvas 56 x 40cms - SOLD</p>
<p><strong>Seated Nude</strong> - Charcoal on Canson paper 45 x 31cms - SOLD</p>
<p><em><strong>"Dignity"</strong></em> Oils on Linen board 40x30 cms framed £195.00</p>
<p><strong>The Yellow Towel -</strong> Charcoal on paper 40 x30cms - Framed £225</p>
<p><strong><em>Suzi in the sun </em></strong>Pastel over acrylic 50x40cms SOLD</p>
<p><em><strong>Nude Back</strong></em> - Charcoal and Pastel on Paper 35 x 28cms - £95.00</p>
<p><strong><em>Dani</em></strong>  Pastel  Sold</p>
<p><em><strong>Phil</strong></em> - NFS</p>
<p><strong><em>Michelle </em></strong>Oils on Canvas 50x40cms NFS</p>
<p><em><strong>Keeley - Jo </strong></em>Oil on canvas board 40 cms x 30 cms</p>
<p><em><strong>Old Eleni</strong></em> - Charcoal on paper - 45 x 35cms £95.00</p>
<p><em><strong>Sarah</strong></em> - Pastel on paper 40 x 32cms Framed - NFS</p>
<p><em><strong>LACHY </strong></em> Pastel on paper 16"x12" NFS</p>
<p><strong><em>Ferdy</em><em> </em></strong>Pastel over acrylic on Pastelmat 40 x 30 cms NFS</p>


Chris Baker the Artist

All of the pictures featured are available as A4 or A3 reproductions. These are printed with non fade inks on Archive Quality paper and will be mailed in strong cardboard tubes to ensure their arrival in pristine condition. I can also quote for framing Prints if required.Orders can be made by emailing me at and once your order is confirmed I will invoice you through Pay Pal (so you can pay online) or you may send a cheque. (cheques must clear before items are posted).

A4 Print £25 incl P&P  A3 Print £35 incl P&P

NB Images are printed as large as possible within the constraints of the paper size and proportions.



Chris Baker the Artist

To be seen to best advantage, I believe a painting should have a frame designed specifically for its character, colour and intended location! I am able to mount and/or frame work to suit your requirements but am happy for clients to source their own framer if preferred.

Above is an example of the type of hand painted, solid wood, bespoke frame I can provide. Prices from around £50.00



Chris Baker the Artist

I welcome commissions and will give a candid assessment not only of cost but also my ability to fulfil your requirements. I am happy to work from live subjects and/or photographs and again will advise honestly as to the best approach. I reserve the right to refuse a commission if I'm unhappy with the concept.

About Me

Chris Baker the Artist

I began to rediscover my artistic aspirations a few years ago and am building on my understanding of light, composition and people to produce portraits, life studies and occasionally landscape.

My affection for black and white images now finds expression through charcoal and pencil and my love of drawing has led me to pastel for most of my work in colour. I look forward to further exploring the mediums of oils and watercolour.

I love faces and relish the opportunity to have a live sitter with all the challenges it presents in terms of getting a likeness while at the same time allowing my subject to retain the use of their legs! I find a combination of the live sitting and photographs produces the best results. I will however work entirely from photographs when a live sitting is not possible.

Like countless artists before me I also love the female figure both clothed and nude and find endless inspiration in the beauty it presents. I have recently discovered a fascination with the Ballet; again not exactly original but, to me, a subject of inexhaustible possibilities.

I live and work mostly in Barnet Hertfordshire with my wife Jill and we have two daughters. We spend a month or two a year at our house in Crete so expect to see some sun drenched pictures to appear in the gallery from time to time.


You can contact me by phone on
0745­ 0715­ 445