Richard Baker completed a degree in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University before moving on to study Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University. Baker works with still lives, and has manipulated the genre by assimilating portraiture and landscape into it. A book resting on a table or a vase of flowers may appear before a expansive landscape or winding river, just a few examples of his signature experimental style. He is known to include literary classics in his paintings; works by Joyce, Faulkner and Woolf, among others, which are favourites of his from his youth.
Baker has exhibited at the Royal Academy, London, The Hix Gallery, London, The Mall Galleries, London, Leeds City Art Gallery and the San Francisco Art Institute as well as in the National Museum of Poland and various museums in China. He won the Wells Art Contemporary Patron's Prize in 2020 and the Hix Award in 2019, as well as being nominated and selected for other notable prizes.