Baer & Baer (the art couple Philip and Jane Baer) have painted together for decades. They both have M.A. degrees in art in painting, and Philip also has an M.F.A. They had the first, and at that time, the best known artists' loft gallery in the middle of the SoHo art district in New York City for years. They exhibited their paintings at their galleries including the Una North Gallery at 475 Broome Street, SoHo, NY, NY and other galleries and collaborated with the John Gibson Gallery on their conceptual art. They have artwork on permanent exhibit in Krangede Sweden and in numerous private collections. They now live by the Pacific Ocean beach flats in Santa Cruz, California with other artists in their large extended family. Their paintings have been called Contemporary Classical.
Our paintings are intended to show deep relationships of fixed and fluid levels of reality. There is no shocking message and they are made to be lived with by those who can see serious high art. This series of oil on canvas paintings is on the subject of the Pattern of the Universe. A pattern is placed through an abstracted seascape with bits of iconic figures in an overall sweeping interlocking motif. The paintings' colors, including hints of gold, are balanced and varnished to a high gloss.
One of us paints a layer and then the other paints a layer right on top of it relating to the under-layer in several layers of semi-transparent paint. The finished painting has about half masculine strokes and half feminine strokes and is built up of layers of free hand direct painting. We let the strokes go where they seem to want to go in relationship with what has gone before and what is to come after, born out of our experience of many years of painting together.