SWAUSTIN Biography & Works

SWAUSTIN
Name: SWAUSTIN
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SWAUSTIN has been living and painting in Hamilton for the past ten years. After a long stint in advertising and commercial manipulation, he has embarked on a compelling personal journey asking one question. “What is a painting?”.
His paintings are an alchemic fusion of expressive paint and often three dimensional surface. In his endeavour to explore what painting can be, he “constructs” each painting – it may be said that he “makes” a painting rather than “paints” it.
His painted and drawn marks cannot be confined to figurative or abstract polarities. They subliminally reference everything from architecture to landscape, to ancient hieroglyphics. Fluent in their use of colour, they fuse with his disrupted and sculptural surfaces to create powerful and vital paintings that demand to be experienced one-on-one for serious engagement.” (Geoffrey Nawn 2016).
He makes use of every material imaginable, being fully aware of the piles of waste our society creates. His paintings are in collections around the world and continues to forge an integral path within the North American art scene.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

October 2016 Reinventing the Parameters of Painting, GN Studio Contemporary Art, Oakville, Ontario
September 2015 New Paintings, GN Studio Contemporary Art, Oakville, ON
June 2011 Animal Farm, Muse Gallery, Toronto, ON

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

July 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
October 2016 the Substance of Abstraction, with Margaret Glew and Racheal Ovadia,
GN Studio Contemporary Art, Oakville, Ontario
July 2016 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2014 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2013 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2012 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2011 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2010 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2009 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2008 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2007 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
July 2006 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

PUBLICATIONS

October 2016
Reinventing the Parameters of Painting – Recent Paintings by SW Austin
by Geoffrey Nawn.

Wolf Haus

SWAUSTIN

Wolf Haus (triptych)

2018
Mixed Media
48" x 48" / 42" x 48" / 48" x 48"
121.92cm x 121.92cm / 106.68cm x 121.92cm / 121.92cm x 121.92cm
$10800

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Skies of America

SWAUSTIN

Skies of America

2016
Mixed Media
48" x 48"
121.92cm x 121.92cm
$4400

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Big Blank Bank

SWAUSTIN

Big Blank Bank

2017
Mixed Media
88" x 39"
223.52cm x 198.12cm
$5800

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Makita Thesaurus

SWAUSTIN

Makita Thesaurus

2017
Mixed Media
48" x 46"
121.92cm x 116.84cm
$4200

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Ocean Specific

SWAUSTIN

Ocean Specific

2107
Mixed Media
62" x 40"
157.48cm x 101.6cm
SOLD

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The Slow Burn

SWAUSTIN

The Slow Burn

2017
Mixed Media
48" x 48"
121.92cm x 121.92cm
$4400

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MACHINE

SWAUSTIN

MACHINE (Dyptch)

2017
Mixed Media
48" x 48" / 48" x 48"
121.92cm x 121.92cm / 121.92cm x 121.92cm
$7800

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