John Swanger

About my work

Working in series, I use actions and processes (like; air movement, walking, crumpling, re-covering, layering pigment) to explore and generate abstract images. The works embody aspects of perception, mind, natural phenomena and ritual. Recurring focuses include; the interaction of structure and atmosphere, intention and chance, and the relationship of materiality and the intangible.

John Swanger (b. Lancaster, Pa.) graduated from Yale University, BA Art. Exhibitions and/or representation have included, in New York City, the John Weber Gallery, Galerie Lelong, and the Gallery at Takashimaya. In Los Angeles, the Margo Leavin Gallery, Kiyo Higashi Gallery, and Thomas Solomon. In Texas, exhibitions through Big Medium, the 2009 Texas Biennial, the 2016 Hunting Prize Exhibition and Grayduck Gallery, Austin.

Collections include: The Capital Group, The Four Seasons, The Progressive Corporation, Ritz-Carlton, Yale University and The Zen Center of Los Angeles.

Selected collections

Mark Ashby, Austin
Wendy and Bob Brandow, Los Angeles
James Bryant and Greg Easley, Austin
Blake Byrne, Los Angeles
The Capital Group, Los Angeles
Peter Egan, Lancaster
Robert Egelston, Los Angeles
Four Seasons Austin
Mark and Janelle Friedman, Santa Monica
Browne Goodwin, Chicago
Hammerhead Collection, New York
Jennifer Hart, Austin
Brent Hasty and Stephen Mills, Austin
Jerry and Shelley Hershey, Lancaster
Kiyo Higashi, Los Angeles
James and Ellen Isenson, Beverly Hills
Lucinda Jenney, Los Angeles
Peter Kinsley and Mary Leer, Lancaster
Keith and Evangelina Kreeger, Austin
Jim Krell, New York and Italy
Margo Leavin, Los Angeles
Jeffrey and Amanda Lippa, Los Angeles
Eugenio Lopez, Los Angeles and Mexico City
Garrett Loube, San Francisco
Robert and Kimberly McEntegart, Los Angeles
H. Merrill, San Francisco
Walter Mitchell, Los Angeles
D.W.and Kristal Moffett, Los Angeles
Bernd Muller, Germany
Michael O’Keefe, Los Angeles
Tom Peters, Los Angeles
Allan Power, Los Angeles
Stephen Prina, Los Angeles
The Progressive Corporation, Ohio
Rigney-Friedman,Ltd., Los Angeles
Paul Rinn and Stuart Bone, Austin
Ritz-Carlton
Michael Rypka, Austin
Anton Schick, Germany
Campbell Scott, New York
Bruce and Tracy Singer, Santa Monica
Roberta Smith, Pacific Palisades
Richard Stone, Chicago
Benmont Tench, Los Angeles
Sarah Wainwright, Boston
Chase Winton and Mark Campbell, Los Angeles
Mike and Penny Winton, Minneapolis
Yale University
Zen Center of Los Angeles