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Philip Swan

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Philip Swan (b. 1969) is based in New York. His artistic practice develops in paintings on a restricted scale, which allows for a greater sense of intimacy with the work, both from the point of view of the artist and the viewer. In his body of work, Philip Swan employs geometric forms that evolve into biomorphic and interchanging shapes with a narrative relationship reinforced by the careful use of colors.
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2014 E, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 20 in.
2014 E, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 20 in.
His paintings feature hard-edged geometric shapes that utilize asymmetrical compositions and sharp angles suggestive of architecture. He never sketches out a work ahead of time; instead he works directly on the canvas, sometimes spending months on an individual painting. After superimposing an orderly pattern of lines over a loosely brushed initial composition, he then overlays this pattern with black and white fields that can be interpreted as form and negative space in multiple ways. When he arrives at a place that seems distinct from conscious planning, he feels the work can then exist on its own terms with no further intervention on his part. In the spirit of a palimpsest, he wants this process of incremental and purposeful modification over time to be palpable to the viewer: he is both masking the work that came earlier in the creation of the painting and allowing the earlier work to remain visible to illustrate this process of attentive engagement, with each adjustment generating subtle changes that spur further painterly considerations.
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2016 A
Philip Swan
New York, NY
New York, NY
United States
New York
North America

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