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John Swarbrick

Painting : a mobile journey
Swarbricks application of line and form reflect the paintings sense of rhythmic improvisation and unorthodox instrumentation. A sense that most people understand by spending time enveloped in a contemporary jazz sound. His compositions rely on his intuitive sense of timing, spontaneity and freshness of each performance. Energetic linear marks dart across the surface of the canvas tangling your eye in a net of interconnecting clusters creating three dimensional space.
In order to remain innovative and focused Swarbrick initially relies upon a formal structure, heightening his creative processes. The initial base and process on which to create remains the 'constant', reinforcing the responsive and organic qualities of 'line' when exposed to varying intensities of colour, light and rhythm.
His prepared backgrounds relish the exchange of conversation, guiding the overlying marks smoothly across the surface. Giving the viewer a sense of empirical discovery not dissimilar to working diagrams or diagrammatic instructions. Swarbricks excitable 'molecular' structures express a sense of joy in their fluidity adventure and dialogue with each other.

1974-78 B.A(Hons) Painting and Postgraduate studies in screen printing, Central School of Art & Design - London
1973-74 Art Foundation, Harris Art School - Preston

2001 Engrain, Colville Hall, Churchill College, Cambridge
2001 Lost the remote, Mellow Birds Gallery. London
2000 The Selectors, Islington Arts Factory, London
1998 Attlee Foundation, Gulbenkian Gallery, RCA, London
1997 E1 Gallery, London
Tom Blau Gallery, London
1991 Ersatz, Martello St Studios, London
1990 BP Oil Sculpture Competition, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
1989 Blenheim Gallery, London
Galleria de Barranco, Lima, Peru
Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1988 Islington Arts Factory, London
1987 Patricia Knight Gallery, London
British Contemporary Photography, Chester
1992 Unit 7 Gallery(Museum of Installation), London
1986 Adam Gallery, London
1985 Name Gallery, Chicago
1985 Zola Leiberman Gallery, Chicago
1984 Showroom Gallery, London
1983 Almedia Gallery, London
1992 Jornal of Art and Education #27, review of Ersatz
1989 Culturales, Review El Ojo Ingles, April edition
El Comerrio Cultural, April edition
El Comerrio Cultural, Fernando Castro review Galeria de Barranco
1987 City Limits Arts Review, Unit 7 Gallery Installation.