Michael Swaney

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Michael Swaney (b. 1978, Kimberley, British Columbia) is a prolific artist living and working in Barcelona, Spain. For nearly twenty years Swaney has been crafting exuberant paintings, works on paper, ceramics and installations with childlike intensity. Swaney’s formalist style hangs in the balance between baroque and manic, and when paired with his technicolor palette and repeated motifs, the culminating visual universe is expansive and rich. For his subject matter Swaney often refers to pop culture, YouTube and product branding, and interprets the themes as a child might, with innocence and fixation. Toeing a fine line between alienation and invitation, Swaney’s works leap from their surface with frenzied animation.

Gallery Exhibitions

2024, “Visionary Realms”

Select Solo Exhibitions

2023

“Apricot Chakra” PIERMARQ | Sydney, Australia
“Untitled” JVDW | Dusseldorf, Germany
“Jardin de Luz” Delimbo Gallery | Sevilla, Spain


2022

“Four Hands” Steve Turner | Los Angeles, USA
“How Many Paintings in a Roll of Canvas?” NBB Gallery | Berlin, Germany


2021

“Finger Family” Allouche Benias Gallery | Athens, Greece
“Torrential Avalanche Sandwich” BREACH Gallery | Miami, USA


2019

“Peanut Butter & Honey Moon” Sorry We’re Closed | Brussels, Belgium


2018

“Here I am, here I am, how do you do?” L21 | Palma de Mallorca, Spain


2017

“Ongage Lellow” Gryp Gallery | Berlin, Germany


2016

“Papisho” Charlotte Fogh Gallery | Aarhus, Germany


Select Group Exhibitions

2023

“La Terre Est Bleue Comme Une Orange” Alzueta Gallery | Madrid, Spain
“MAMA, I’M COMING HOME” Tim Arte Contemporaneo | Santiago, Chile


2022

“Plays Well With Others” Freight + Volume | New York, USA
“Paradisio” BREACH Gallery | Miami, USA
“Dream Paper” Galerie Silka | Lyon, France
“Familiar Faces” Mini Galerie | Rotterdam, Netherlands
“NBB III” NBB Gallery | Berlin, Germany


2021

“NBB PAPERWORKS VOL II” NBB Gallery | Berlin, Germany
“Paper” BEERS | London, UK
“CRYSTAL” Delimbo | Seville, Spain
“Now Now” BREACH Gallery | Miami, USA
“Perfect Conditions” Galerie Silka | Lyon, France


2020

“Then and Now” Allouche Benias Gallery | Athens, Greece
“The Edge of Chaos” The News stand Project | Los Angeles, USA


2018

“3 person show” Ever Gold Projects | San Francisco, USA
“As If A Field Could Become Some Dream” No Place | Columbus, OH, USA
“Velvet Ropes GIFC” David Risley Gallery | Copenhagen, Denmark


2017

“In Paper We Trust” The Dot Project | London, UK
“Three-way Ticket” Needles And Pens | San Francisco, USA

2019

Simcor Residency, Los Angeles

2014

CCA Aandratx Residency, Mallorca

2013

Noestudio, Madrid

2008

Fountainhead Residency, Miami

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