Terry Swafford


Education 1998 Rhode Island School of Design

BFA Painting

RISD European Honors Program


















Artists Statement:



I create artworks that address issues of building and blight, cycles of use, and nature’s attempts at renewal within the built environment.  Expressions of people are found in the ways we shape the land in service to our needs and desires, while inversely I’m equally fascinated by expressions of nature which may disrupt those plans. There is a sensuousness and gracefulness observed in this gradual ruination.


With reverence to the painterly tradition, I execute landscape paintings in a fluid and economical manner akin to drawing. The work is experiential and process based.   This offers me greater insights superseding any predetermined concepts. These elongated, site- specific vignettes constrain and direct the viewer to examine rich passages within commonplace environments.


The works are not necessarily subject driven rather inspired by the carefully arranged juxtaposition of elements. These views often pay homage to the art historical giving such featured occurrences more rhetoric.


For other information, and to discuss the artist, contact Gary W. Marr, Sapere Art at Gary@SapereArt.com or call (312) 208-1504



2000 Solo Show: New Landmarks

The Late Show Kansas City, MO

Review: Kansas City Star 5-19-00


2001 Solo Show: Mapping the Interior

Michael Cross Gallery Kansas City, MO


2002 Group: 3D Show

Green Door Gallery Kansas City, MO


2003 Juried Group: Grand Nude Show

Hobbs Bldg Gallery Kansas City, MO



2003 Group: Frosty Treats

MOMO Kansas City, MO


2004 Solo Show: Dark Times in Color

Meat Yard Chicago, IL


2008 Group: Infidel Group Summer Solstice

Heart of Gold Chicago, IL


2008 Group: Parts and Labor/ Infidel Group

Parts and Labor, Chicago, IL