Large bodies

11 Oct 2008 - 1:45 pm to 31 Oct 2008 - 12:00 pm

Richard Swift's show consisted of a series of dramatic, large-scale paintings of the human body.

'Swift's paintings confront the body of the spectator through an immediately felt identification. It is through the physical sensate body that all experience flows,' says Roger Cook of the Fine Art Department, Reading University, where Swift studied. 'There are no expressionist brush strokes, but a painstaking and 'hard-won' pictorial process of finding, losing and refinding the image by a technique which allows it to emerge, disappear and re-appear out of the darkness.'

Swift studied at the University of Reading and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He co-founded the Chisenhale Art Place in East London (an international centre for contemporary art and dance), and was a prize winner in the Tolly Cobblod Eastern Arts fifth national competition. He has shown his work at a series of solo exhibitions including Esbank Istanbul, Sutton House London, the Towngate Gallery Basildon, and Churchill College Cambridge.

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