Ryno Swart's Gallery of work



Academic:
B.A. Fine Arts
Lecturer, Fine Arts
Lecturer, Graphic Design
Lecturer, Fine Arts
Lecturer, Fine Arts
Founder/Director
Art Teaching
Lecturer, Painting
University of Stellenbosch
East London School of Art
Johannesburg Art College
Johannesburg Art College
Ruth Prowse Art School
Artists' Co-operative
International School, Cape Town
Freelance
1969
1970
1971
1980
1984-9
1989
1993
1994+

Graphic Design:
Visualiser
Storyboard/scripting
Design
Creative Director
Freelance
DeV&S
DeV&S
Partners in Graphics
Chilvers
Illustration and storyboarding
1972
1973
1974
1975
1975
(Awards for best TV/cinema adverts 1972/3/5)

Fine art overseas trips:
Full-time fine artist
Figure subjects
Cabaret subjects
Exhibition/work
Painting holiday
Painting holiday
Paris
La Reunion, Mauritius, Paris
Alcazar, Paris
Holland, France, U.K.
Greece
Venice
1976
1982
1989
1993
2000/2/4
2001/2/5

Exhibitions:
1980.
1983.
1985.
1987.
1989.
1989.
1990
1991
1994
1998
1999
2000.
2001.
2002.
2003.
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
Gallery 709, Cape Town.
Gallery 709, Cape Town.
Paris. Galerie Ettienne de Caussans.
Chartres. Galerie du Cloitre.
Gallery 709, Cape Town.
Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg.
Brian Sinfield Gallery, Oxfordshire.
Galerie GÈrard, Wassenaar.
Albertyn's Stables, Simon's Town.
Gallery Plett, Zeist, Nederland.
Carmel Gallery, Cape Town.
Thompson's Fine Art Gallery.
Gallery Plett, Zeist, Nederland.
One man show.
One man show.
One man show.
One man show.
One man show.
One man show.
One man show.
One man show.
One man show.
Group show.
One man show.
Group show.
One man show.
Group show.
One man show.

From my earliest years I have been interested in seeing and in beauty. Even at University I was committed to the art of the old masters.

As soon as I committed to a career in the Fine Arts, I started to work with attractive, even very attractive, models. It is my belief that every artist is continually expressing that which he or she loves most, and that every painting is an expression of who we are.

It is beauty in general which drives me, often a dark moody beauty. I see as much beauty in a rainbow or a thunderstorm or a wagtail as in a mood-shattered girl, and I paint them with equal infatuation.

Around 1976, I was introduced to the glory of the dance, that synthesis of movement, music and beautiful bodies. I spent every minute at the ballet, drawing, painting, and even choreographing. Then, bless them, two young dancers decided to set up as strippers in a small pub nearby. I went with them for their first show, and did many pictures of them both. Now, to all the glories of the dance, sexiness was added. Life was fulfilled!

In 1982, I went back to Paris as an "etudiant libre" at the Beaux Arts. On my next visit, 1989, I came across a classy place called Alcazar, where I was allowed in for free to sketch and draw. I could not even afford one beer, but the waiters were great, bringing me a candle so that I could see my sketchbook in the dark.

Now, back in Cape Town, I have a great life and great models, but my heart is still torn between home and the glories of Paris and Venice, where I go to paint annually.