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Artist Paul Baylock grew up in New Britain. Throughout his career, he has drawn his imagery from vintage publications and Popular Mechanics magazines from the 1950s and ‘60s, as well as from New Britain iconography, factory architecture, and locally produced hardware. His father worked at New Britain Machine Co. and would bring home old blueprints that Baylock would draw dinosaurs and war scenes on. Baylock graduated from Hartford Art School with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Art Education, and taught art in New Britain public schools at the middle and high school level for 38 years, retiring in 2012. While he taught full time, he spent nights and weekends involved in artmaking, and once had a studio next to Zbigniew Grzyb, an artist who he admired and was an influence for his work. About this exhibition, Baylock says, "I used the crosses in the paintings to create movement, drama, and meaning. I had a strong interest in painting in grids. The cross lent itself to this idea. I was brought up Roman Catholic and I felt I could connect this to my painting. In the end, I felt I created a body of work I could be proud of and at the same time spoke about my spirituality."