David Swartz – Sermon on the Mound
Artist David Swartz discusses his painting Sermon on the Mound which illustrates the relationship between the student and the teacher. David points out the chaos depicted, which is how he feels the processes of art begins. Part of being an artist is being able to create chaos and to find order within it. David discusses his philosophy of “Letting the hand discover it’s own land” which means letting the painting paint itself. David credits his childhood experiences and his father who was also an artist who’s works prominently featured birds, for inspiring his own works of art.
About David Swartz:
Toronto based artist David Swartz gained his first art education from his late father Marvin Swartz, who was an exceptionally gifted painter, print-maker, and art teacher. In the 1990’s David travelled 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. Since 2006 David has taught and designed art curriculums for alternative high-schools in Toronto such at SOLA, The Shoore Centre for Creative Learning, Blyth Academy, and Quest Alternative. 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.