Upcoming Exhibition Head in the Clouds at Art2Muse Gallery 11 – 24 June 2019
Baden Croft is an emerging artist based in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. His practice is influenced by life on the Australian coast where he spends endless hours surfing and exploring the native flora and marine life. With a deep connection to his natural environment, Baden’s subject matter spans from native gums and floral arrangements to insects and crustaceans. In thick, textured oil paint up to 3cm deep, Baden’s work comes to life with depth, movement and subtle plays on perspective. Unexpected additions of windows and shifts between the inside/outside frame his subjects and draw the eye to many different focal points around his canvases.
Since Baden’s first solo exhibition in 2017 his paintings have greatly appreciated and are now recognised and sought after by art collectors and interior designers. Baden has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne and his works are held in private collections around Australia.
“Ever since I can remember I have been drawn to the ocean and feel comfort in exploring the more rugged natural parts of the world, rather than places dominated by human influence. My interest in the natural environment and its unpredictability translates directly into the somewhat chaotic way in which I paint. I like to work quickly, utilising excessive amounts of oil paint that is literally smeared onto the canvas, and generally using only one or two palette knives in the process. I am inspired by a variety of subjects, it can be as simple as a shadow falling on someone’s face, or more conceptually by the way people interact with the natural world, and how we are often drawn back to places untouched by human interference.” – Baden Croft
Head in the Clouds
Head in the Clouds is a series of impasto oil paintings that reflect on the artists recent trip to the Victorian alpine region – a place with rich histories and an unpredictable nature. Each of the large-scale paintings aim to capture the essence of the majestic, isolated landscapes of the area. For Baden, it is the lack of human influence that is the high countries biggest draw card and is a welcome change from the ever-expanding suburban environment.
2018 Sapphire Coast Solo Exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Sydney May
2017 ‘Bushwhacked’ duo exhibition with Jess Milne at Merricks House Art Gallery, October – November (sell out show)
2017 Solo exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Sydney May
Group shows at Southern Buoy Studios and Art Redhill