Alan D Baker is best known for his floral subjects. Originally a portrait and landscape painter, his interest in flowers was sprung from an urge to paint at night when they were the only available subject. Before long however, his floral paintings became highly coveted. Throughout and 1970 and 1980s, exhibitions of his would frequently sell out before opening night. Perhaps the magic of Baker's painterly bouquets, lies in how he thought about them. For him, they were not mere still-lifes, but portraits of the transient, delicate blooms of life.
Baker is a twenty-six time Archibald Prize finalist and represented in the collections of the Art Gallery of NSW, the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra and the Queensland Institute of Technology, as well as many private collections.