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Glenn Baxter's work is traditional British humour from a traditionally British artist. He uses pastels, watercolours and ink, and creates his 'visual jokes' by observing life, believing real life to be far more absurd than fiction. His inspiration also comes from childhood heroes such as Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Doris Day, Roy of the Rovers and Boys’ Own.
For over 25 years Glen Baxter has been producing humorous illustrations and has a major following the world over — collectors include the Prince of Wales and Salman Rushdie. His postcards can be found all over the world, and Poole Pottery have reproduced a number of his famous illustrations onto a series of 9-inch plates and mugs.
Glen Baxter was born in Leeds in 1944, the son of a welder. After studying at Leeds College of Art, he became a teacher. His drawings were constantly rejected by publishers until 1979, when a selection was printed in Amsterdam. An exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts followed in 1980. Since then he has exhibited worldwide and published six books of drawings and a book of autobiography. ??Anthony Wilkinson, who organizes his exhibitions, says 'The nice thing about putting on a Glen Baxter show is hearing these great bursts of laughter as people go round.' Glen Baxter himself has noted that exhibitions abroad are great fun: 'They think what I do is quintessentially English, so when I visit I don’t like to disappoint. I wear plus fours, a deerstalker, drink lots of tea and refer to a sidekick called Watson. It also helps if every time I walk into a room it fills with London fog.'
The Impending Gleam
Glen Baxter, His Life: The Years of Struggle
Atlas, Le dernier terrain vague
L'heure du thé
Jodhpurs in the Quantocks
Welcome to the Weird World of Glen Baxter
Ma vie: le jeunes années
The Billiard Table Murders
Retour à la normale
Glen Baxter Returns to Normal
The Collected Blurtings of Baxter
The Further Blurtings of Baxter
The Wonder Book of Sex
Glen Baxter's Gourmet Guide
Blizzards of Tweed
The Unhinged World of Glen Baxter
Loomings Over the Suet
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