Tutor - Painting & Drawing

Geraldine Swayne

Geraldine Swayne (born 1965) is an English painter, who works mainly in miniature in enamel on metal.

She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University from 1985–89 and in 1990 she won a Northern Arts Travel award to paint and make super-8 films about voodoo in New Orleans, then moved to rural France for a year, living as a portraitist and making a series of large outdoor paintings. In 1992 she moved to the UK and became a pioneer special effects designer at Computer Film Company, in London and later, in Los Angeles.

Since 1999, she has made numerous experimental films including the world’s first super-8 to Imax film East End, produced by Cathy Shaw, and narrated by Miriam Margolyes with music by Nick Cave. After leaving the film industry in 2004, Swayne worked as an assistant for Jake and Dinos Chapman rebuilding Hell. Although better known as a painter in 2005 she joined experimental rock group Bender and, in the following year, became a member of ‘Krautrock’ group Faust, with whom she has recorded two albums and toured widely, making musical improvisations and live paintings at venues such as the Wrexner Centre for the Arts in Ohio, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art and CalArts.

More recent solo shows include Silvering 2017, at the Fine Art Society, London, Geraldine Swayne at W186 Project Rooms, Aeroplatics Gallery, Belgium and Geraldine Swayne 2013 at Future Art Projects, Sheep Lane, London in 2013.