Toni Swarthout

Toni Swarthout

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Toni Swarthout • News Links

""Toni Swarthout Goes Red" Featured in Nashville Arts Magazine", LG News Link


Toni Swarthout • Profile

Toni Swarthout

Visceral and embodying movement, Toni Swarthout’s large color fields draw on a bodily responsiveness to paint.  She engages the physical process of art-making, interacting with the paint, allowing it to work through her.  She juxtaposes thick, dragged strokes with gouging and studio debris.  Her approach is uninhibited, guided by process as she connects with nature and embraces the fluid nature of reacting to paint on canvas.

Painting from her studio in the hip neighborhood of Germantown in Nashville, Tennessee, Swarthout explores her work by removing judgment from the creative process and embracing the fluid nature of reacting to paint in natural ways inside and outside of the studio. “Art is a conscious way of life”, Swarthout insists. “I choose to live my life thoughtfully and artfully.”


Toni Swarthout • Statement

Art is a conscious way of life. I choose to live my life thoughtfully and artfully. My inspiration comes from nature and everyday happenings. I have been inspired by artists such as Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Gerhard Richter and Mark Rothko, to name a few. Art is a necessary component of life, either directly or indirectly, I believe it plays a big role in the balance of life.


Toni Swarthout • Biography

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“New Artist Showcase”, Atelier Gallery, Charleston, SC

“Modern Twist”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Spring and Summer Collection”, Pierre Paul Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI

“Unusual Suspects”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“The Art Show at BA”, Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, TN

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“Out of the Polar Vortex”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2013   
Gallery One, Nashville, TN

Northwood Gallery, Midland, MI

Stafford Gallery, Petoskey, MI

LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2012   
Harrington Brown Gallery, Memphis, TN

2011    
Local Color Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010   
Northwood Gallery, Midland, MI

Nouveau Classics, Nashville, TN

View Gallery, Richland, MS

2009   
Nouveau Classics, Nashville, TN

Northwood Gallery, Midland, MI

2007   
Plowhaus Art Gallery, Nashville, TN

EDUCATION

1984   

Northern Michigan University

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Gunilla Hutton, Petticoat Junction

J. Followill, “Kings of Leon”

Jana Kramer, Warner Recording

Table 3 Restaurant, Nashville, TN

Park Grille, Gatlinburg, TN

Healthcare of America        
                                                                                       
Paula Kay Artist Management, Santa Barbara, CA

Kye Fleming, Country Music Hall of Fame

ABC Drama Series “NASHVILLE”