Biography

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Artist Statement – “Destiny and Vision”

The artist life is a proclamation of his or her destiny.

It is a compelling commitment to determination daring and resolution.

My work is about time, speed, and motion color improvisation defined by the use of  shape, form, and color.

After 33 one-person shows, I strive to present new challenges in growth, discovery, and development for my works.

For me, painting is poetry without words, music without sound, and freedom without loss.

Dina Kevles Gustin Baker is a painter dedicated to her own conceptual and abstract images of expression. Though tolerant of other directions in art, she continued her devotion to her own vision. For her, painting has always been a discovery of related feelings in terms of color, form and movement. Her work is introverted but goes the emotional distance to joy.

In her early years she had a thorough academic education which inspired her to develop art of her own expression.

Born in Philadelphia gave her the advantage to attend the Albert C. Barnes Foundation, located in Marion, PA, and to know Dr. Barnes. While attending Barnes Foundation she received an “out-of-town” scholarship to the Art Students League, in New York City and attended both at the same time period, one in morning and one at night.

She participated in many shows and continued to work in her own studio. Eventually, during this time, she exhibited in Germany at “Amerika Haus” in the cities of Hamburg, Munich and Regensburg.

Becoming a member of “Artists Club” gave her opportunity to know artists such as Adolph Gottlieb, Franz Kline, Dorothy Dehner and Louise Nevelson.

Now 33 one person shows to her credit she is totally committed to a sometimes frustrating but fulfilling life of an artist.

She was married to two very different but loving and supportive men. Currently living in Florida with her studio at arm’s length, she continues to explore a life filled with hope and energy expressed in her paintings.

 

Dina Gustin Baker fills space with dynamic structure, expressive color and feeling. In With the Blue Square (2011) geometric elements on a essentially while field seem to co-exist uneasily in a tremulous and tense holding pattern, nervously kept in the same arena of contention as if in the grasp of unseen forces. By contrast, in Maryann’s Dream (2011) kinetic energies flow with bouncy momentum from right to left, energies so rich that they seem to be capable of breaking the bounds of the pictorial frame.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBTIONS

2013Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, FL
2012Retrospective, Walter Wickiser Gallery Inc., New York, NY
2010Ezair Gallery, New York, NY
2008Ezair Gallery, New York , NY
Southampton, NY
2006Ezair Gallery, New York, NY
2005, 03, 00, 98, 97Ora Sorenson Gallery
Delray Beach, FL
1999, 98, 97, 96Gracie Lawrence Gallery
Delray Beach, FL
1998Southamption Sculpture Crt
Southamton, NY
1991, 90Adlena Adlung Gallery
New York, NY
1997Walter Wickiser Gallery, Inc. New York, NY
1987, 86, 84, 82, 80BarbaraIingber Gallery
New York, NY
1978, 76, 74Barbara Ingber Gallery
New York, NY
1983Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah
1974Amerika House
Hamburg, GERMANY
1974Regensburg Museum
Regensburg, GERMANY
1970Southamton East Gallery
New York, NY
1965Angeleski Gallery, New York, NY
1963, 60Roko Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2012Gallery Artists Part IX, Walter Wickiser Gallery,
New York, NY
Art Hamptons, NY
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
2011The New Abstractionists V, Walter Wickiser Gallery, Inc. New York, NY
2009Nexus: Science + Art, Scripps Research Institue/Scripps , Jupiter, FL
1997, 90Broome Street Gallery, New York, NY
1996Rutgers Univiersity, Piscataway, NJ
1991, 84Queens College, New York, NY
1990, 78Cork Gallery, New York, NY
1989Nabisco Corporation, East Hanover, NJ
1988Art-Vark Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1986Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA
1984Bergen Museum, Paramus, NJ
1983Pace University Gallery, New York, NY
1981Parrish Museum, Southamption, NY
1977Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
1968National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1966Whitney Museum , New York, NY
1963Academy OF Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
1955Art USA-National Show, New York, NY
1954Guild Hall, East Hamption, NY
1949South Fallsbury Traveling, New York, NY

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Boca Raton Museum, Boca Raton, FL
Bergen Museum, Paramus, NJ
Barnes Foundation, Merian, PA
Gannet Foundation
Columbia University, New York, NY
New York University, New York, NY
Rutgers Univerity, Piscataway, NJ
Butler Academy, Butler, OH

AWARDS

1986Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
1965Parrish Art Museum
Gold Award
1959Edward MacDowell Fellow
(Awarded 6 months stay)
1953Atelier 17 New York, NY
1945Art Students League New York, NY
(out-of-town 4 year scholarship)
1942-1946Barnes Foundation Merion, Pa
(4 year scholarship)
1940Philadelphia College of Fine Arts,
Philadelphia, PA

MEMBERSHIPS & LISTINGS

National Association of Women Artist
Who’s Who of American Artists
Palm Beach County Cultural Council
National Museum of Women in the Arts

EDUCATION

1942 – 1946Barnes Foundation, Marion, PA
1945Art Studens League New York, NY
(out-of-town 4 year scholarship)
1953Atelier 17 New York, NY
(Two year scholarship)
1959Edward MacDowell Fellow,
Peterborough, NH
1986Virginia Center for The Creative Arts, Charlotteville, VA