THE work of a Lisburn-born artist will be shown at one of the
world's most famous art festivals. Tony Swain will be exhibiting
his work at this year's Venice 'Biennale of Art'.
Recognised as the world's largest and most
prestigious international showcase for contemporary visual art,
the Venice Biennale of Art takes place every two years.
More than 65 countries participate in the
five-month event, with each country hosting an exhibition or
pavilion dedicated solely to the work of its chosen artists.
Forty-year old Tony who studied at Glasgow
School of Art and is based in the city, is one of six artists
selected to represent Scotland.
A sheet or cut section of newsprint provides
the basis for Tony's meticulously executed paintings, which
offer a view into a complex and surreal private world. Using the
disconnected images found across such a spread, Swain works over
this, embellishing imagery, distorting and extending
perspectives and introducing new figurative and abstract imagery
to produce works which are mesmeric and intriguing.
His work has been shown internationally,
including exhibitions in Glasgow, Berlin, San Francisco and