• Eric

    Eric Swangstu b. 1970, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    1992 B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

    2004 M.P.S. Pratt Institute, NYC

    Eric Swangstu's paintings are perceptually-based, formal meditations on found objects and portraiture. His subjects include people in his life, the occasional landscape and objects that hold personal meaning. Swangstu consistently uses classical painting methods as a means of undermining the tradition of object painting from the inside out. The resulting work is often re-contextualized through a veneer of abstract and experimental techniques. Helen Harrison, critic for the New York Times, has written of his paintings as, “an effective strategy for testing the boundary between objectivity and invention.” Swangstu participated as a member in Mel Chin’s artist collective, the GALA Committee, in the late 90’s for the project In the Name of the Place, where the artist group conducted a conceptually-based, public art project on the set of the television show, Melrose Place. Historically, this is considered the first public art project to use prime-time television as a venue. His artwork is included in the permanent collections of Government Employees Hospital Association, Kansas City, MO and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC.



2012         AOT, Port Townsend, WA
2011         FXFowle Gallery, New York, NY
2009         Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO
2005         Molloy College Art Gallery, Rockville Centre, NY
1997         1331 Union Gallery, Kansas City, MO
1992         Yako Gallery, Kansas City, MO



Catalyst: Leaving a Lasting Impression, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA


Being Human, Curated by Kathy Liao, South Seattle College, Seattle, WA
Figure, Object, Text, BiLinear Art + Consulting, Seattle, WA
Reckless Behavior, Zinc Art + Interiors, Edmonds, WA


Staff Exhibition, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Transportation and Transfixion, Kate Alkarni Gallery, Seattle, WA
Figural, Kirkland Arts Center, Curated by Stacie Chappell, Kirkland, WA


Short Days, The OK Hotel Gallery, Seattle, WA


Hot Wood Vol III, Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY
Hot Wood Vol II, The OK Hotel Gallery, Seattle, WA


Short Days, The OK Hotel Gallery, Seattle, WA


Seasons, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO
Counterproof: Group Drawing Show, The Art Mine, Port Hadlock, WA


Disaster, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Port Angeles, WA


Faculty Exhibition, Pratt Institute, New York, NY


Girls Against Boys, DC Art Center, Washington DC
Inaugural Exhibition, Crave77, Seattle, WA


New, New, Karolyn Sherwood Gallery, Des Moines, IA
Group Exhibition, CODA Gallery, New York, NY


Reactions, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Reactions, Exit Art, New York, NY
Snapshot, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT


Tele(visions), GALA Committee, Kunsthalle Wien, Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria
Staff Exhibition, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Eric, Holly, and Troy Swangstu, The Late Show, Kansas City, MO
Snapshot, Arcadia University, Fine Arts Gallery, Glenside, PA


Fast: Five Years at Grand Arts (GALA Committee), Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
The GALA Committee, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany


Prince Street Artists Invite..., Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY


OPIE Anniversary Show, OPIE Gallery, Kansas City, MO
The GALA Committee, Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX


The GALA Committee and Mel Chin, Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO
Un-mapping the Earth: Hybrid Section, In the Name of the Place (GALA Committee), Kwangju Biennale, Kwanju, Korea
Uncommon Sense, In The Name Of The Place, (Gala Committee) The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA



  • featured work
    featured work

    jim sajovic, oil on canvas, 2014


Dukes, Quinn, Eric Swangstu at FXFowle Gallery,, Art In New York City, New York, April 3, 2011

Harrison, Helen A, ART REVIEWS; REGARDING RACE, HISTORY AND REALISM, New York, February 20, 2005


  • ape hanger

    ape hanger 1
    Oil, 60x60 inches

    bill swan

    bill swan
    Oil, 12x12 inches, 2005


    Oil,enamel,30x24 inches, 2011

    boxer 1

    boxer 1
    Oil,enamel, 22x24 inches, 1998


    Oil, 64x50 inches, 2014

    cheville sphere

    cheville sphere
    Oil, 30x30 inches, 2009

    death proof

    death proof
    Oil,82x78 inches, 2011

    dont even ask amigo

    don't even ask, amigo
    Oil,enamel,18x24 inches, 2011

    gouge away

    gouge away
    charc.,acryl., 68x84 inches, 1996

    hugo with helmet

    hugo with helmet
    Oil, 48x60 inches, 2011

    jim sajovic

    jim sajovic
    Oil, 24x30 inches, 2014

    planet score

    planet score
    Oil, 48x48 inches, 2014


    Oil, 30x24 inches, 2010

    strange journey

    strange journey
    Oil,enamel 48x48 inches, 2010

    untitled (hugo)

    untitled (hugo)
    Oil, 30x24 inches, 2011

    untitled (melroy)

    untitled (melroy)
    Oil,enamel 30x30 inches, 2011

    untitled sphere

    untitled sphere
    Oil, 42x42 inches, 1998

    untitled sphere

    untitled sphere
    Oil, 60x48 inches, 1998


    Oil, 40x60 inches, 1995

    k kerr

    k. kerr
    latex,enamel,spray paint on wood, 1997

Sketch Book

Pencil on Paper


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