"So humble with a great sence of humor. The attention to detail really blows your mind away. We look forward to seeing Ian at the annual Moss Street Paint-In next year. "
Creativity has always been a part of everything I do. Restoring old cars at a young age engaged my passion for taking things apart and rebuilding them. Carving with First Nations Artist, Francis Horne Sr. enhanced my passion for creativity and attention to detail.
The inspiration for this form of sculpturing came to me from a photograph sent by my brother - of metal sculpture art junk.
I can find materials just about anywhere these days but my best finds are at second hand stores, metal recycling bins and yard sales. My inventory is a collection of items that were destined to some mundane existence.
I do not solder my art the way that many other recycled-material artists do - I use screws to link the parts together.
Unlike most other artistic mediums, the process involved with creating found-object sculptures is a very dynamic one. It is a combination of the hunt for parts, putting the puzzle together and having the vision to see beyond an objects intended purpose.
"There is nothing routine in my art, there is never a plan, just inspiration and play".
2016 - The Mix-Fits made an appearance on a movie series filmed here in Victoria, B.C. - produced by California Hallmark Productions.
2017 - The Mix-Fits workshop was filmed for a movie produced by Reboot 1 Productions Inc.
Unparalleled art and creativity.
"The imagination behind every piece is truly unique. I could look at Ian's art for hours trying to figure out each piece that goes into making a single Mix-Fit. Amazing altered art."
There's a lot of amazing recycled art out there.
"But Ian's art stands out with his unique, recognizable style and attention to detail. His creatures look like they are out of an alternate retro universe".
Ian Baker, The Merchant of Mix-Fits
"I'm passionate about creating and inventing. Bringing joy and laughter to others is "what it's all about".