Michael Swaney‘s drawings and collages are some of the most playful artworks I’ve had the pleasure to see. He delights in vibrant colour, pattern and line, his work has a kind of outsider folk aesthetic that you can’t help but get lost in especially with the off kilter perspective he uses in his images. His world full of life, oddity, strangeness and excitement.
His influences? Well I’ll let him tell you:
Kippenberger, Guston, Fischil and Weiss, Paul Mccarthy, Erwin Wurm, Jockum Nordstrum, Tal R, Gelitin, Tom Sachs, Thomas Hirschhorn to name a few…these people really inspire me. I’ve been absorbing so much imagery for so long, I’ve started to notice the common thread through it all is humor. I’ve always liked the films of Werner Herzog and David Lynch and also I really enjoy dark, disconcerting films where you don’t really know what’s happening but are fully intrigued. I hope people may have similar feelings while looking at my art. Music plays a bigger part in my work, especially dancehall. A lot of times the titles of works and even some of the scenarios are based on dancehall, dance moves, Jamaican slang and song titles. Since moving to Spain its’ popular culture, traditions, festivals and day to day curiosities…all this exudes inspiration for me.
He also engages in a wide variety of artforms including video and installation work which are worth having a look at if you have the time.
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