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Big Birds on Wheels – David Swartz


Big Birds on Wheels – David Swartz

At Galleria 814 Artist David Swartz discusses his painting ‘Big Birds On Wheels’ in which the wheels symbolize conception, birth, memory, motion, remembrance, perception, and energy. The birds, lacking wings, elevate themselves by spinning their wheels with their hands. Their bodies mirror each other and overlap,  giving rise to the consciousness of spiritual connectivity and oneness.

In his “birds on ladders” paintings David has created a new language wherein our dreams of taking flight are made possible through the integration of hands, eyes, and a revolving wheel. David sees the act of spinning one’s wheels with one’s hands, as “handing the and”, which is another way of saying making or creating music or art, and which has to do with recognizing the  infinite creative potential in our hands, when united with our inner eye.

The paintings envision an alternate landscape of reality – wherein the processes of conception, artistic creation, and perceptual elevation, are viewed as reflections of a transcendental mirror.

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About David Swartz

Toronto artist David Swartz received his first education in art from his late father Marvin Swartz, an exceptionally gifted painter, print-maker, and art teacher.  In the 1990’s David traveled widely in India, Europe, the Middle East and North America, and attended Concordia University and the University of Toronto for Liberal Arts, Philosophy, and Comparative Literature.  He graduated in 2002 with a Masters Degree from the University of Toronto, remaining a PhD Candidate between 2002-2006. During this period he developed a substantial body of artwork, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, poems, and theoretical writings about art, poetry, philosophy, language and the artistic process.  David had his first curated exhibition in 2008 at the Index G Gallery in Toronto, where he exhibited 7 paintings in an exhibit that included original work by Andy Warhol and Philip Pearlstein. David brought his talents and ideas to the stage in 2010 with Transcendental Mirror: The Ultimate Variety Show and Vision and Sound: Action Painting Underground (a 12-hour live painting exhibition, accompanied by jazz music) featured during Nuit Blanche 2011 at 401 Richmond. In 2013, David will have his artwork mounted at Mount Sinai Hospital.


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