Realistic figurative painter and draughtsman, full name Frederick Harry Baines, born in Manchester, who attended the School of Art there, 1930–4, gaining a diploma in mural painting. During the next five years Baines completed several murals in the north of England, Timperley Church, Cheshire, and Longford Cinema, Manchester, being represented in the Tate Gallery show Contemporary British Mural Painting, 1938. Service in the Royal Engineers, 1941–6, introduced Baines to India; he was seconded to be design studio director for the Indian government’s exhibitions division information department. On later visits Baines recorded impressions of a new steelworks; painted murals for the British pavilion at the Delhi Industrial Fair; with Richard Lannoy prepared the book The Eye of Love on temple sculpture, 1976; and produced drawings exhibited as part of the Festival of India, 1983.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)