Gary Swimmer lives and produces his works in Tucson, Arizona. Spending half the year in Chelsea, London, 508 Gallery are delighted to be working with Gary for his first ever showing in a London gallery.
Born in Budapest, Swimmer arrived in the United States as a young child. An artist his entire life, Gary moved to New York City and received an MFA from Pratt Institute in 1990. He subsequently taught and lectured at various institutions including Pratt Institute and the University of Arizona. Gary has exhibited consistently over the last 30 years and has work in private and public collections in North America and Europe. He continues to show his abstract work at Jack and Marcel, in New York City.
Gary considers himself an expressionist, making artwork in a variety of media and moving between pure abstraction and representation based on the ideas he wishes to explore. According to Gary, “Everything is an experiment. That is part of the thrill. The part that is not known, unexpected, filled with possibilities. There are two phases, the time devoted to thinking, then a deep breath and the periods of work. “The battle is to keep it fresh, not to sell it short, to resolve it as necessary, but not to overwork it or overly refine it. So easily done. Pursuit of an initial concept or impulse, by starting with a randomcolour or mark, by seeking and honouring rawness, imperfections and even incompleteness and by stopping when the piece has sufficient power or character, identity, is what happens on the best of days.”
Gary’s work comprises a number of media; for 508 Gallery he has produced fabricated works in metal, meant to be hung directly on the wall. They are sculptural in form yet act and can be hung exactly like a painting. The genius lies in the simplicity yet deeply crafted, free-form images he creates.