OPENING RECEPTION Tuesday, June 4 at 7 pm
June 5 – 15, 2018
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 2-5 pm (Closed June 12 and 13 for a private function)
For more than four decades, Don Swanson has called The Frick Collection in New York City his professional home, rising to become the institution’s Chief of Collections Preservation and Graphic Designer. Although he retired from his position in preservation in 2017, Swanson continues in his role as the Frick’s graphic designer. Throughout his multi-faceted career at the Frick, Swanson pursued his private passion for painting. OSilas Gallery is please to present Color and Form: The Art of Don Swanson, Swanson’s first major solo exhibition featuring twenty-six oil paintings.
All works on view will be available for acquisition, with prices available upon request.
Swanson’s paintings are abstract, contemplative and vibrant and about the imagination where the viewer discovers something on the canvas and supplies the narrative. Swanson says his paintings celebrate the “joy of color and surfaces.” He likes to work in “layers of glazes – the finished effect creates a sense of depth and ambiguous space.” The many techniques he employs create texture and tension, evoking the viewer’s interaction and interpretation of the forms along with the joy of color.
Swanson received his BFA in Painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and did graduate work at Kent State University. He studied with artists Walter Darby Bannard, Don Eddy and Larry Zox. He counts among his artistic influences Henri Matisse, Willem deKooning, Arshile Gorky, Frank Stella and Elsworth Kelly. His paintings have been exhibited at PS 122, Miami University, Kent State University, and New York University.