Glen Baxter (artist)  

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“I prefer the fantasy where everyday objects can suddenly become more interesting. I really like that aspect of it. I am in agreement with Breton’s definition of ‘marvelous’: ‘The marvelous has never been better defined than as being in complete contrast to the fantastic.’ In my work I present the impossible happening in a world where impossibility is the rule (as opposed to works of fantasy, where we see the impossible happening in a world where impossibility is outlawed).” --Interviewed by Bill Zavatsky in 1976 (Out of Sun, Vol. V. No. 1, 1983) via Rue Hazard, John Latta

"Glen Baxter is an artist in the distinguished tradition of Lewis Carroll, Sax Rohmer, Marquis de Sade, Raymond Roussel, Luther Burbank and the Comte de Lautréamont" (John Ashberry, The New York Times)

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Glen Baxter (born 4 March 1944), nicknamed Colonel Baxter, is an English draughtsman and artist, noted for his absurdist and surrealist drawings and literary nonsense. Born in Leeds in 1944, Baxter was trained at the Leeds College of Art. His images, and their corresponding captions, fuse art and language inspired by pulp fiction and adventure comics with intellectual jokes and references. Baxter's art has been collected in numerous books, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The Independent on Sunday. 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.


  • 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)
  • 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. Template:ISBN. In French and English. Preface by Alberto Manguel.

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