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A Chicagoan's take on narrative art

A Chicagoan's take on narrative art

George Lucas is busy planning an homage to narrative art on Chicago's lakefront.

Yet I have absolutely no idea what "narrative art" actually is.

So when I spotted a Fast Company piece touting the surreal photographs of former Chicagoan and "narrative artist" Todd Baxter, images billed as Wes Anderson meets Salvador Dali, I called him for an explanation.

Narrative art, Baxter said, is art that follows a story with characters.

"I studied painting and fine art and kind of within the field, narrative art is looked down upon," Baxter, 42, said. "But I wanted to slip narrative into my images, even though a lot of professors found it a...