John Swanger

About my work

I use actions (like; air movement, walking, crumpling, re-covering, layering pigment) to embody explorations and ideas. I work primarily in painting and abstraction. Though abstract, the painting are based on close observation. I draw on initial conditions, processes, natural structures, and experiences of meditation. I’m interested in fields of reflection and awareness – what is seen and what is sensed – and the moments and differences that make up our minds and days.

Born, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Graduated Yale University, 1978, BA Art, Honors and Distinction in the Major. Exhibitions and 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’s Garage. In Texas, exhibitions through Big Medium, the 2009 Texas Biennial, the 2016 Hunting Prize Finalists and Grayduck Gallery, Austin.

Works in the collections of; The Capital Group, The Progressive Corp., The Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Yale University, Zen Center of Los Angeles, Texas State University San Marcos, Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts at UCLA, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.


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
Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles
Donny and Kara Hall, Santa Barbara
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
Roi James, Austin
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
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
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
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
Texas State University, San Marcos
Kathy Urbina and Tim Stoenner, Brooklyn
Sarah Wainwright, Boston
Chase Winton and Mark Campbell, Los Angeles
Mike and Penny Winton, Minneapolis
Yale University
Zen Center of Los Angeles