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Dwight Baird

Realism Painter

Dwight Baird was born and raised in Huntingdon, Quebec, a small town southwest of Montreal, Canada. Upon graduation with a diploma in Visual and Creative Arts from St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario, he worked briefly as a graphic artist and then spent two years traveling and painting in Europe.

For the next twenty years he specialized in watercolors and developed a very unique style which was featured in the publication, The Artist’s Magazine. In 1993 Baird turned to one of his passions and completed an extensive series of over fifty original pieces on baseball entitled, “For the Love of the Game”. he was commissioned by Major League Baseball to paint three illustrations for the Major League Baseball All-Star Program for an article on Fantasy Baseball Camps. In 1994 Baird’s now classic baseball image, “At the Twilight’s Last Gleaming”, was used by Major League Baseball as the concept for the cover of the 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Program.

In the early 2000’s, Baird put his watercolors aside and since this point has been working solely with acrylic paint on wood panel. This major shift inspired a colorful series, “Contemporary Nudes” - paintings based on figure drawings of live models. This shift also coincided with Baird’s first visit to Havana, Cuba. This trip became a springboard for an extensive collection of paintings which continues as the main inspiration for his work today. Working in acrylics, Baird has developed a unique and exciting new style of contemporary realism. His broad, impressionist strokes combined with specific detailed areas and his dynamic use of light, color and composition have become the signature of his work.

Baird’s new subject matter has resulted in an extensive depiction of the daily struggle of life in Cuba. This Cuban work can also be seen as a historical documentation of a country anchored in the past but now on the verge of dramatic change. With over two hundred completed works, “Cuba, si!” is the definitive collection of Socialist Castro era works. It is one artist’s pictorial rendition of a unique time in a very unique country...

The artist exhibits in many of the most prestigious art festivals and has won numerous prizes for his work. Baird lives and works in Montreal.

If you are considering purchasing a piece of art that will transport you to that time and place, consider the contemporary realistic work of Dwight Baird.

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