Andrew Baird, a fifth-generation Colorado native, lives and works in Evergreen, Colorado. He has worked as an artist and as an art educator for over thirty years. Baird has a M.A. in fine Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, and his paintings and ceramics have been displayed in galleries and exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Both paintings and ceramics are held in corporate and private collections, including those of Robert Redford, Denyse Graves and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
At first glance, Andrew's current paintings seem to resemble the work of Jackson Pollock; but when the linear portraits begin to appear, the striking difference in the content becomes clear. The large, colorful portraits are created through light and dark values in a seemingly chaotic painting. Because the images are defined by value, the artist is free from predictable use of colors. Vibrant color combinations allow the subject to intriguingly appear and disappear, actively engaging the viewer.
Sometimes larger than life, Andrew Baird’s portraits range from 7 to 8 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide. To create a masterpiece Andy places the canvas on the floor – then -”using only three colors per day” he drips acrylic enamel onto the surface. Day after day he repeats this process until the image appears. Using this amazing technique Andy creates light, shadow, form, and emotion. Each portrait conveys an energy all its own. Quiet and spellbinding, his art commands the attention of the viewer. Each work of art makes a statement and becomes the focal point of any space.
Andrew Baird's iconic portraits have included:
Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Salvador Dali, Kate Upton …to name a few.