Geraldine Swayne

geraldine swayne

( 23th-26th July 2009 )


Geraldine Swayne

Studied Fine Art in Newcastle upon Tyne.


In the late 1990's she won a Northern Arts Travel Award, and moved to New Orleans USA and then on to Languedoc in France for a year, where she was represented by Stanislaw Demidjuk.


On her return, she worked in London's growing digital film industry, making special effects for any number of commercials and movies and also directed music videos.


In 1999 she made the worldÂ’s first experimental super-8 to Imax film about the East End of London, which has been shown in Imax cinemas throughout the world.


In 2004 she returned to Fine-Art and exhibited work at numerous venues till in 2007 she was offered representation by L-13 gallery.
She is also an experimental musician and currently a member of "...bender", "Bad Servant" legendary Krautrock group Faust".
From 2005 to 2007 she assisited Jake and Dinos Chapman rebuilding 'Hell' for White Cube Gallery.


"Man has been making a fool of himself, proving what is obvious, puffing with pride as he repeats his proofs, and living on that alone!" - Rimbaud. "Sometimes I wake up and I don't know where I am." - Rambo. London based artist Geraldine Swayne is a painter of darkly seductive images that oscillate between real and metaphysical realms, between the imaginary and the deeply familiar. Her unique painterly world is peopled by a cast of strange, lost, and loved characters, present and absent. These are coaxed out of paint or ink in a highly charged manner, toying evocatively with materials and subjects without pandering to the illustrative, the obvious or the sentimental. Geraldine also currently works in collaboration with the legendary Krautrock band Faust, producing experimental music that ties in with her painterly practice such as the 'Fleet River Exorcism' recorded live at The Aquarium L-13 in 2008. She is also a member of ... Bender alongside James Johnston (Gallon Drunk/ex Bad Seeds/ and Husband) and photographer Steve Gullick.Geraldine Swayne displays a genuine interest for human life, for unsung stories that err between history and contemporary society. Her work discloses a dark and tragic penchant, that lies dormant under the surface of her sweet nature, but that render her paintings enticing and intriguing?



Geraldine Swayne - untitled