Teresa Baker


Birth Date         1977
Language         Pitjantjatjara
Place of Birth   Alice Springs
Community      Kanpi SA

Teresa Baker is from the next generation of artists from the renowned Baker family. Born in 1977 in Alice Springs hospital, her mother, artist Kay Baker, is a Pitjantjara woman from Kanpi and her father a Pitjantjatjara man from Yalata. Teresa spent much of her youth with her grandfather, teacher and mentor, the late great Jimmy Baker, learning about the country and the sacred stories associated with it. Today, in addition to being a celebrated artist, she works full-time at Murputja school and is passing on the knowledge she learned to the next generation.

While Teresa’s paintings have qualities reminiscent of her late grandfather Jimmy Baker, she has found her own individual way of mark-making and using iconography. Like her grandfather, she utilises the power of negative space in her paintings, which paired with her own self-taught understanding of nuance in the use of colour, create dramatic effects.

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