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PETER SWIFT

MARYLAND,  USA

Tel. : 301-260-8961

Email : pzswift@verizon.net

Site : www.peterswiftartstudio.com

 

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHY 

 

Peter Swift is an award-winning contemporary realist artist. His studio is in Olney, Maryland, USA.

 

Peter was born in San Francisco, California, USA in 1945. He grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1970. Peter worked for 23 years as a corporate lawyer for the Marriott International hotel company.  

 

Basically a self-taught artist, Peter learned drawing and painting by attending night and weekend classes in the Washington, DC area, as well as at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.  

 

Peter's artistic philosophy is simple:  "I always paint common, everyday objects.  Using symmetry and design, I try to turn them into something new, something that nobody has ever seen before."

 

Peter is trying to develop a new genre of still-life painting which he calls "Magic Symmetry".  Magic Symmetry is a combination of: (a) photorealistic renderings of objects; and (b) arrangement of these objects in symmetrical designs, such as circles (as opposed to the "slice-of-life" or "snapshot" approach which is usually found in still-life paintings).   

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

  

2015

 

Masterworks From the International Guild of Realism (a traveling exhibition which, over the course of a year, was shown in museums in Louisiana, Florida and Georgia) 

 

 

AWARDS

 

2017      

 

Peter’s painting “Brass Ring” was selected as a Finalist in the Still Life/Interiors category in the 34th Annual Art Competition sponsored by The Artists Magazine.

 

 

2015 

 

Peter's painting entitled "Eight Wood Screws" was selected to be in the 2015 Spring National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society (NOAPS) International Online Exhibit 

 

Peter's painting entitled "Sewing a Strawberry" was selected as a Finalist in the Still Life/Interiors Category in The Artist's Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition 

 

 

 

ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

  

2016

 

An article about Peter's work was published in SOUTHWEST ART Magazine (January, 2016) 

 

Several of Peter's paintings appeared in a book entitled "IMAGINAIRE IX - Contemporary Magic Realism" which was published in the fall of 2016.  This book is the ninth in the series of prestigious art books in the IMAGINAIRE series, published by Fantasmus Publishing in Denmark.  Most of the IMAGINAIRE books are still in print, and are available on Amazon.

 

 

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