Geraldine Swayne

I am (mostly) a figurative painter. My subjects aren’t deliberately sensationalist, but my work has a filmic atmosphere and dreamlike quality, with uneasy undertones. I work largely from photographs rather than life, and process the image into something else, choosing subjects drawn both from my circle of friends and anonymous sources. The bodies and faces of my paintings possess an interior psychological narrative, which I try to amplify with painterly effects that speak to the nervous system rather than to intellect, for example, they can seem restrained, rather than dramatically active, but hopefully this serves to heighten evidence of a vivid, if sometimes unusual, interior psyche. I paint with enamels because of the luminous quality of its colour and because of its viscosity, which suits my speed of application. The often diminutive size of my paintings invites a close physical relationship between subject and viewer, which creates a private and slightly transgressive feeling, like looking through a keyhole. This close proximity also reflects the private psychology I am investigating in my sitters. I have made several new pieces on aluminium especially for the ACBF 2021, in both enamel and oil, which I hope reflect some new areas of research into physics and the natural world.