Glen Baxter, nicknamed “Colonel Baxter,” is an English cartoonist, noted for his surrealist, absurdist drawings. Born in Leeds in 1944, Baxter was trained at the Leeds College of Art. His images, and their corresponding captions, fuse art and language inspired by pulp fiction and adventure comics with intellectual jokes and references. Baxter’s art has been collected in numerous books, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The Independent on Sunday. His simple line-drawings often feature cowboys, gangsters, explorers, and schoolchildren, who utter incongruous intellectual statements regarding art and philosophy.
As a young lad growing up in the shadow of the vast porridge warehouses in Leeds, Glen Baxter liked nothing more than to join his parents on their annual holiday.
However, it was not until a local magistrate persuaded his parents to enrol him at the art school that he began to experiment with sulphur, twine and charcoal.
After a brief period of chiaroscuro, the young Baxter left his native home and set out on a makeshift sled, heading for London.
Once established there, he began to continue his research into the vulcanisation of both snood and wimple. Years of hardship were to follow but then in 1976 publishing called – Wyrd Press brought his work to the attention of an unsuspecting American public.
Having narrowly failed to win the Nobel Prize in 1977, Baxter chose to focus his attentions on the Netherlands. In 1979, De Harmonie in Amsterdam published a collection of his drawings entitled Atlas.
Major exhibitions of Glen Baxter’s drawings and paintings have been held in New York, Paris, SanFrancisco, London, Munich, Tokyo and Sydney. In 1999 Baxter was commissioned by the French government to execute a tapestry. He has also worked on a series of etchings for the National Museum of Printmaking in Chatou, Paris. His work is in the collections of the Tate Gallery and V&A Museum in London and numerous museums and private collections around the world. A list of Glen Baxter’s current and future exhibitions can be found.