Glen Baxter (artist)

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Glen Baxter
Born (1944-03-04) 4 March 1944 (age 78)
EducationLeeds College of Art
Known forArtist
WebsiteOfficial website

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.[1]

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).[citation needed]

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.[2]

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.[3]


  • Atlas (1979)
  • 5 x 5 (1981) with Ian Breakwell, Ivor Cutler, Anthony Earnshaw, Jeff Nuttall
  • The Impending Gleam (1981)
  • His Life: The Years of Struggle (1983) (translated as Zijn leven, de jaren van strijd, 1986)
  • Atlas, Le dernier terrain vague (1983)
  • The Impending Gleam Thames & Hudson, (1985)
  • Jodpurs in the Quantocks (1986)
  • The Festive Ordeal De Harmonie Amsterdam 1986
  • L'heure du thé (1990)
  • Welcome to the Weird World of Glen Baxter (1989)
  • Ma vie: le jeunes années (1990)
  • The Billiard Table Murders (1990)
  • Glen Baxter Returns to Normal (1992) (translated as Retour à la normale, 1992)
  • The Collected Blurtings of Baxter (1994)
  • The Further Blurtings of Baxter (1994)
  • The Wonder Book of Sex (1995) (translated as Wundersame Welt der Erotik, 1996, and Le livre de l'amour, 1997).
  • Glen Baxter's Gourmet Guide (1997)
  • Blizzards of Tweed (1999)
  • Meurtres a la Table de Billiard (2000)
  • Trundling Grunts (2002)
  • The Unhinged World of Glen Baxter (2002)
  • Loomings Over the Suet (2004)
  • Le safari historico-gastronomique en Poitou-Charentes. Poitiers: Éditions Atlantique, 2010. ISBN 978-2-911320-41-5. In French and English. Preface by Alberto Manguel.


  1. ^ Conceição Pereira (University of Lisbon), “Glen Baxter: simulacro e literalização”, 2005, Olhares e Escritas, Ensaios sobre Palavra e Imagem, Rui Carvalho Homem e Maria de Fátima Lambert, eds., Porto: Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto, pp. 189-195.
  2. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Almost Completely Baxter". New York Review Books. Retrieved 29 March 2016.

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