Artist Lawrence Baker discusses his life and career. Born in Jacksonville Florida in 1947, Baker moved to Cleveland in the late 1960s. Baker's early education lacked art programs, so Baker always looked over his brother's shoulder for art inspiration. Art is Baker's own endeavor, and he considers himself as the sole motivator for his artwork. Baker challenges himself to find individuality in his artwork and to be recognized by the art community. Baker believes in always being persistent and maintaining competition with other artists. Baker identifies himself as an artist first, and then African-American. Recently, Baker made a transition from painting to drawing, but maintains a correlation between the two mediums.
Baker, Lawrence (interviewee)
Hansgen, Lauren (interviewer)
Cleveland Artists Foundation
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"Lawrence Baker Interview, 03 December 2008" (2008). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 901025.