Glen Baxter

born 1944

In Tate Britain


Glen Baxter (born 4 March 1944), nicknamed Colonel Baxter, is an English draughtsman and artist, noted for his absurdist drawings and an overall effect often resembling literary nonsense.

Born in Leeds, Baxter was trained at Leeds College of Art (1960-5). He was a teacher at the V&A (1967–74). His first solo exhibition was held at New York's Gotham Book Mart Gallery. Baxter's artwork has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and The Independent on Sunday. His images and their corresponding captions employ art and language inspired by pulp fiction and adventure comics with intellectual jokes and references. His simple line-drawings often feature cowboys, gangsters, explorers and schoolchildren, who utter incongruous intellectual statements regarding art and philosophy. One of his best known satirical works, The Impending Gleam was first published in 1981.

Today the artist lives and works in London. With Flowers Gallery, Baxter has had a number of solo shows such as; Furtive Loomings (2017), Tofu Walk With Me (2015), and Glen Baxter: The Soul in Torment, Parts I & II (2012).

In August 2014, Baxter was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.

In May 2016, the New York Review of Books published a collection of Baxter's work including popular selections from his career as well as new cartoons titled, Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings.

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