Geraldine Swayne

Geraldine Swayne

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New Knickers and Bra, 2016
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper 
24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 centimeters)
Edition of 5

© Geraldine Swayne, 2016.

Geraldine Swayne, a Sussex-based painter, who studied Fine Art at Newcastle and Kingston Universities, UK. She recently exhibited at, for example, the Fine Art Society, London, Aeroplastics Brussels, Magasin3 Stockholm, Jerwood, Hastings and CharlieSmith, London. In 2018 she won the Royal Academy Summer Show Dupree Prize for Best Female Artist. Known for making vivid miniatures in enamel on metal, as well as large figurative work on canvas. her practice also includes moving image and music, directing an Imax film in 1999, with music by Nick Cave, and becoming a member of seminal Krautrock group Faust in 2006. Her figurative paintings combine a rapid performative energy with the mysterious frozen narrative of a context-free film still, typically using an omnivorous variety of sources; personal photographs, found images, pornography etc. to conjure otherworldly narratives and portraits. ‘The alla prima, ‘paint as paint’ quality of her work, is emphasised by abstract passages and semi-accidental effects, the transformations and distortions of which assist in probing psychological states, such that we can we not quite pin down the ‘events’ we come upon. The alluring, painterly qualities of the painted surface also cause her images to further depart from ‘normality’, which makes for an unsettling undertone, uncannily appropriate for times in which people go about their daily business vaguely aware, without grasping it fully, that the very continuation of daily business is under threat.’ Paul Carey-Kent