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Sweat & Steel
C. David Swanson

On Exhibit
January 5 - March 10, 2012

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 12, 2012
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Admission: Free/Open to the Public




Cutting Steel in the Yard
32" x 40"
Oil on Canvas
2010


End of the Day
40" x 30"
Oil on Canvas
2008


Locomotive Mechanic
30" x 40"
Oil on Canvas
2007


Night Inspection
40" x 30"
Oil on Canvas
2007


Short-Timer in Solitaire
30" x 40"
Oil on Canvas
2009


Section Crew Working a Wreck
64" x 48"
Oil on Linen
2010


The Frozen Switch
40" x 30"
Oil on Canvas
2008


Yard Man in Morning Shadows
40" x 30"
Oil on Canvas
2008

C. David Swanson: Sweat & Steel
Sweat & Steel is an exhibition with powerful representations of the steely men and women who make the railroads run. The workers are often overshadowed by the mechanical beauty of the engines that pull and push their immense loads over vast expenses of the countryside. Sweat & Steel is a series of oil paintings by artist C. David Swanson depicting railroad workers operating and maintaining the locomotives and cars in Livingston, MT combined with railroading music, poetry, literature and hands on displays of railroading artifacts.

Swanson’s work is reminiscent of paintings done in the tradition of the great American realists- Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, and Thomas Eakins. His paintings speak to the relationship between man and machine as he explores the railroading experience that has so profoundly shaped the nation.


About the Artist
Artist C. David Swanson interprets the Western landscape in oils and watercolors. An Illinois native, he lived in Chicago and studied at the Art Institute from 1968 to 1972, where he was influenced by the 60’s pop/surrealist school of painting.

After moving to Los Angeles, he worked for over twenty years as an architectural illustrator acquiring great skill in interpreting and depicting architecture of any kind.

In 1992, deciding to break with his career as an illustrator and make the transition into fine art, David traveled to the Bridger Mountains of southwestern Montana to work as a hunting guide, and to paint. His exposure to the landscapes of the Rockies had a profound effect on his art, and led to a move to Livingston, Montana in 1999.

In 2004, David decided to return to school to get additional knowledge of his métier and complete his college degree. He attended Montana State University, graduating in May of 2007. It was a great experience for him, though challenging on a number of levels. It gave him a new lease on the creative direction of his art, and enhanced his skills enabling him to move into this new phase with greater confidence.

Though his work is strongly representational, there is a tendency towards the fantastic or the surreal, especially in his use of color and choice of subject matter. Inspired by the American highway experience, David says: “I’m fascinated by the debris of our culture and its people – especially old buildings, bridges, and vehicles. I’m impressed by the enormous undulating linear quality of the American landscape, and I enjoy interpreting the seemingly permanent landscape caught in a fleeting instant, or as something moves across the face of it.”    Swanson’s work has met with increasing acclaim, and has been compared to that of Edward Hopper, with a similar stark depiction of reality and a surreal tilt. He has been commissioned to paint some of the West’s most impressive landscapes and architecture, and his work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago, Santa Fe, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Jackson and Cody, Wyoming, Bozeman, Billings, and Livingston, Montana. His paintings also hang in private and corporate collections throughout this country, as well as in Europe.

Visit David Swanson's website:
http://www.davidswansonart.com/

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Ed Gilliland


The Towne Printer

 

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