975 State Street, New Haven, CT
Exhibit by Paul Baylock
Connecticut artist Paul Baylock’s recent collection entitled
“Hardware City of the World” will be exhibited through July 2017.
Paul Baylock grew up in New Britain, CT. He was the second oldest child of a
Lithuanian/Irish family of 10. Paul attended Catholic schools through high
school and subsequently graduated from Hartford Art School with Bachelor’s
and Master’s in Art Education degrees. He has been involved in artmaking
from an early age and has sculpted, drawn and painted. His master’s show
featured slip cast ceramics.
Baylock taught art in New Britain public schools at the middle and high school level for 38 years, retiring in 2012. While he taught full time, he spent nights and weekends making art. He has continuously strived to be a better artist, training with Rachel Siporin, Dr. Michael Cipriano, Molly Bornstein, Jenny Knauss, and Zbigniew Grzyb. He has shown in many exhibits and has won his share of prizes and is included in many private collections. Baylock has also been very involved with the Art League of New Britain for the past seven years, presently serving as president.
Upon retiring as an art teacher, Baylock has been able to dedicate more time to his painting, with the results being a dozen or so framed plywood panels with stenciled motifs in acrylic paint. The work included in his current exhibit draws its inspiration from motifs and symbols of the industrial past of his hometown and his childhood exposure to ads and cartoons from Popular Science magazines. These dozen or so framed plywood panels with stenciled motifs in acrylic paint address Baylock’s focus on his hometown of New Britain- the once “Hardware City of the World.” One can find images of tools, meat grinders, and the factory window that Baylock remembers from his childhood growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. Baylock’s paintings begin as photographs he modifies digitally to create vinyl stencils he cuts with a stencil cutter. He applies the stencil to plywood and paints using a spatula to create relief. Belt sanding areas gives them a distressed feel. He layers stencils over stencils, creating interesting motifs. Areas of flat bright color are added to contrast the stencils. With edges exposed and framed in black, the panels are finished.
Artist reception information to follow!