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Philip Swan
updated: 05/18/2012
website: www.re-title.com/artists/philip-swan.asp
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled (2012H)
Oneida
Seneca
Silk
Tantrum
Bell
Vampire Bat
Fast
Vigil
Electra
Introject
Presently
Selene
Stella
Untitled (2012I)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  systems, science, craft, spiritual, organic, abstract, anatomy, biomorphic, childhood, geometric
 
 
Untitled (2012H) by Philip Swan
Untitled (2012H)
Watercolor on Paper
2012
24 " x  18 " 
Oneida by Philip Swan
Oneida
Watercolor on Paper
2010
24 " x  18 " 
Seneca by Philip Swan
Seneca
Watercolor on Paper
2010
24 " x  18 " 
Silk by Philip Swan
Silk
Watercolor on Paper
2011
22" x  28" 
Tantrum by Philip Swan
Tantrum
Watercolor on Paper
2010
24" x  18" 
Bell by Philip Swan
Bell
Watercolor on Paper
2009
24 " x  18 " 
Vampire Bat by Philip Swan
Vampire Bat
Watercolor on Paper
2011
28" x  22" 
Fast by Philip Swan
Fast
Water
2010
24" x  18" 
Vigil by Philip Swan
Vigil
Watercolor on Paper
2008
18 " x  24 " 
Electra by Philip Swan
Electra
Watercolor on paper
2008
18 " x  24 " 
Introject by Philip Swan
Introject
Watercolor on paper
2008
12" x  16" 
Presently by Philip Swan
Presently
Watercolor on paper
2008
10" x  14" 
Selene by Philip Swan
Selene
Watercolor on Paper
2008
12" x  16" 
Stella by Philip Swan
Stella
Watercolor on Paper
2009
19" x  18" 
Untitled (2012I) by Philip Swan
Untitled (2012I)
Watercolor on Paper
2012
24" x  18" 

Artist Statement
 

The nonobjective shapes I use in my paintings are usually hard-edged and flat and are almost always explicitly or implicitly biomorphic, suggesting a narrative relationship between them. I work slowly, sometimes spending months on an individual painting. Over the passage of time, I distill the flotsam of the world around me into a sense of order expressed both through color and composition in an individual work. I always begin with a preparatory drawing, although it rarely survives intact by the time the painting is finished: it is the starting point of the conversation, making way for intuition, which favors pure painting over a specific conceptual practice or theory. My paintings are not large because a smaller scale allows for a greater sense of intimacy with the work, both from the point of view of the artist and the viewer. I generally paint with oil on canvas and panel, or with watercolors on paper. The unruliness of watercolor lends itself to improvisation, and its translucence discourages overworking the surface, while oil draws on a more contemplative side of my nature and allows for a gradual modification over time.

Artist Bio / CV

Selected Exhibitions (*Solo Shows)

 

2011

 

DREAMING, The Art Mission and Theater, Binghamton, NY, September 2-September 23.

 

TERRA ENIGMATICA, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY, May 1-June 22.

 

2010

 

GIGGLING, BUBBLING, Da Gallery, New York, NY, December 9, 2010-January 7.

 

EMERGING ARTISTS AUCTION [Curated],  Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY, January 14-February 4.

  2009

 

TWO DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Satori Gallery, New York, NY, December 9-January 24, 2010.

 

2008

 

THE ENRICHED LIBRARIAN, Brooklyn College Library, Brooklyn, NY, December 12.

 

THE CHORUS PROJECT, Hun Gallery, New York, NY, November 21-December 4.

 

THE CHORUS PROJECT, Korus House, Washington, D.C., November 7-November 20.

 

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING!, Gene Frankel Theatre, New York, New York

February 21-March 16

  2007

 

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, James Cohan Gallery, New York, New York

 

EMERGING ARTISTS, Lana Santorelli Gallery, Southampton, New York

September 29-October 22

 

NURTURING THE EDGE, CUE Foundation Gallery, New York, New York

  2006

 

VISUAL AIDS, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, New York

 

WORKS ON PAPER, Flux Factory, Long Island City, New York

 

NURTURE ART BENEFIT, Cue Foundation Gallery, New York, New York

  2005

 

*PHILIP SWAN: PAINTINGS, Joseph Fischl  Gallery, New York, New York.

February 23-March 26

 

FRESH PERSPECTIVES II, Concepto Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. March 17-April 2

 

NURTURING THE NEW, Spike Gallery, New York, New York

 

2004

 

29TH ANNUAL JURIED FINE ARTS EXHIBITION, Smithtown Township Arts Council, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, New York. Juried by Donald Kuspit.

October 1-October 30

  2002   NATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, New Jersey. Juried by Maria-Christina Villasenor. July 10-August 1

 

LREI SILENT AUCTION, I-20 Gallery, New York, New York

 

 

2000

 

THE UNKNOWN GENERATION X? WHO ARE WE?, Danforth Gallery, 

Portland, Maine. Juried by Mark Bessire.

October 19-December 2