Bio

Born in Montreal, Adrian earned her Fine Art degree in Toronto. She has been painting and exhibiting her work since 1980, as well as producing commissioned portraits, murals and public art pieces. She has also delivered guest lectures and conducted art classes & workshops for over 25 years.

Adrian’s paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions as well as in multiple juried shows both nationally & internationally.  With her current work - an exploration of our interdependent relationship with the environment - Adrian is endeavoring to initiate reflection & dialogue on society’s disconnect with nature, and our collective inertia at the prospect of environmental decline.

In recent years, Adrian she has received several government commissions to create public art installations in National capital region. Other career highlights include being selected as artist-in-residence by the Bermuda Masterworks Museum; twice chosen as a finalist in the Kingston Prize for Contemporary Canadian Portraiture; and being commissioned to paint a portrait of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Adrian’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications as well as on radio and television. Her paintings have also been featured on the covers of several international magazines. Adrian's work can be found in hundreds of public and private collections across Canada, the USA, and abroad.

C.V.

Born, Montreal, PQ

BFA, Toronto, ON

MFA, Emily Carr, Vancouver, BC

Selected Solo & Group Exhibits

2018       Women by Women, Blue Door Art Centre, Yonkers, N.Y.

2017       Sight Unseen, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

2016       Winter exhibition, Ottawa Art Gallery/Art Rental & Sales, Ottawa, ON

2015      Ottawa Art Gallery/Art Rental & Sales, Ottawa, ON

2014      Embracing Landscapes, Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Kitchener, ON (solo)

2013      Winter Exhibition, Ottawa Art Gallery/Art Rental & Sales, Ottawa, ON

2012       Art Show on Broadway, Dacia Gallery, New York, N.Y.

2012       Run, Cube Gallery, Ottawa, ON

2010       Mothers, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, U.S.

2010       Ottawa Art Gallery, Art rental and sales, Ottawa, ON

2009       A.I.R. exhibition, Rick Faries Gallery, Masterworks Museum of Art, Bermuda (solo)

2009       Labours of Love, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa, ON  (solo)

2009       Retrospective, Chambers Gallery and Corridor Gallery, Almonte, ON (solo)

2009       Salon des Refuses, Robert Macklin Gallery, Kingston, ON

2009       Women in Art, MVS Gallery, St. Lawrence College, Brockville, ON

2008      The Art of Life, Chameleon Nation Gallery, Kingston, ON (solo)

2007       Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture, Firehall Gallery, Gananoque, ON

2007       Call of the Wild, Lux Gallery, Carleton Place, ON (solo)

2006       Convergence Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON     

2005       Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture, Firehall Gallery, Gananoque, ON

2002       Artsfusion, Thorburn Mill, Almonte, ON  

1996       Rural Images, McLaren-Barnes Gallery, Oakville, ON (solo)

1988       Ottawa Art Exchange, Canadian Artists, Heritage Building, Ottawa

1987       Interiors, Village Square Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON (solo)

1986       First International Exhibit of Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto

1985       Celebration Arts Show, Festival of the Arts, City hall, Ottawa

1984       Nepean Visual Arts Show, Nepean Visual Arts Centre, Nepean, ON

1983       Member’s Show, A source of Art, Dow’s Lake Pavilion, Ottawa, ON

1982       Annual Miniature Show, Saw Gallery, Ottawa, ON

Selected Commissions and Grants


2017        Museum of Nature, mural in Arctic gallery, Ottawa, ON

2017       Currently short listed for the CMAH public art competition, Toronto, ON

2016        Short-listed for the Haliburton Sculpture Forest competition, Haliburton, ON,

                and Canada 150 public art project, Manitoulin, ON

2015        Comm. by Canadian Heritage, painting enlarged & displayed in public space,  Ottawa, ON 

2015        C.P. & Beckwith Heritage Museum, 3 exterior murals, Carleton Place, ON

2015        Comm. by Canadian Heritage to create outdoor public art for Winterlude, Ottawa, ON

2014        Comm. by Canadian Heritage to create collaborative public art piece, Gatineau, PQ

2014        Comm. by Canadian Heritage to create outdoor public art for Winterlude, Ottawa, ON

2013        Ontario Arts Council grant

2013        Comm. by National Capital Com. to create outdoor public art installation, Ottawa, ON

2012        Featured cover artist, Homebirth Network Magazine, Australia

2011        Featured cover artist, The Practising Midwife Magazine, U.K.

2009        Appointed Artist-in Residence, Bermuda Masterworks Foundation, Bermuda

1995        Featured cover artist, Reader’s Digest Magazine, Canada

1987        Ontario Arts Council grant

1984        Commissioned portrait of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and sons

1983        Featured cover artist, Canadian Medical Association Journal

Publications and Reviews

2017       Sight Unseen, (catalogue) Poets & Artist’s Society, Denver, CO

2015       "Adrian's Art", feature on Regional Contact, CTV television, Ottawa, ON

2014       Art makes tracks to Winterlude, The Humm,  Almonte, ON

2013       Heart to Heart, Birthings Magazine, Sydney, AU

2010       Ottawa Morning interview, Kathleen Petty, CBC Radio, Ottawa, ON

2010       Local painter one of two Canadians…, EMC, Smiths Falls, ON

2010       On display in Chicago, Desmond Devoy, Canadian Gazette, Carleton Place, ON 

2009       Capturing the Island’s Intimate…, Rene Hill, The Royal Gazette, Bermuda

 

2009       Artist in Residence Captures…, Helen Jardine, The Bermuda Sun

 

2009       Interview, Susan Johnston, CKCU radio, Ottawa, ON    

2009       Artist helps Raise Funds for Mothers in Africa, The Citizen, Ottawa, ON

2008       The Kingston Prize, Julian Brown, The Queens Quarterly, Kingston, ON

2007        Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture, (catalogue), Gananoque, ON

2007       From a Grand Tour to The Call of the Wild, The Humm, Almonte, ON

2005       Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture, (catalogue), Gananoque, ON

2005       The Art of Adrian Baker, Sally Hansen, The Humm, Almonte, ON

2000       Local Artist Recalls…, Lianne Lahaie, The Canadian, Carleton Place, ON

1999       More Murals Unveiled for Downtown, The Gazette, Almonte, ON

1996       Former Oakville Artist Features…, The Beaver, Oakville, ON

1990       Drawing on a Blank Wall, The Citizen, Ottawa, ON

1990       Ten Studios From Area…, The Record News, Almonte, ON

1989       Local Artist Draws on Fame, Lois Tuffin, The Canadian, Carleton Place, ON

1987       What’s On, Nancy Baele, The Citizen, Ottawa, ON

1987       Radio Noon, Mary Cook, CBC Radio Interview, Ottawa, ON

1986       First Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, (catalogue), Toronto, ON

1985       Festival of the Arts Juried Arts Exhibition, (catalogue), Ottawa, ON

Other Professional Activities 


- Lectures to art societies

- Juror for gallery exhibitions, on selection committee for art bursaries.  

- Portraits, murals, and other commissioned artwork for private clients

- Teaching workshops & classes for artists

- Teaching secondary school equivalency art programs for teens

- Assistant Art Director, Harbourfront Corporation, Toronto.

Donations 

- Donation of artwork to numerous charitable organizations

- Volunteer teaching of art workshops for aboriginal teens from Kashechewan

- Donation of murals for non-profit groups

Affiliations

Member, Arts Carleton Place

Member, Canadian Arts Representation of Ontario

Member, Visual Arts Ontario