Abel Baker Gutierrez
Curated by Luis De Jesus
Abel Baker Gutierrez was born in California and earned his BFA (2009) and MFA (2011) at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. His works explore a world of post-teen angst, identity, nostalgia, and representations of masculinity in adolescence. Taking inspiration from rock music's aesthetic trends, scout culture, and old masters’ paintings, Baker Gutierrez utilizes a diverse range of materials to create paintings and installations that reflect an obsession with youth culture and issues of “growing up." Baker Gutierrez’s debut solo exhibition, Swimming, at Luis De Jesus Gallery consisted of fourteen intimate paintings sourced from 1950s and ‘60s scouting manuals and magazines. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Keeper of Light, Sandroni.Rey Gallery, Culver City; A Picnic in Eden, The Company, Los Angeles; Playing Dumb, Amy Adler’s Studio, Los Angeles; L.A. Napoli, Cercle Blanc, Berlin; and as part of a collaborative project with artist Bettina Hubby. Abel Baker Gutierrez lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is represented by Luis De Jesus.