22 Aug An Artist’s Journey: Bill McSwain
Bill McSwain’s ‘Canvas to Clay’ exhibition, to be in the gallery from September 1 to 30, is a coming together of his life’s work; his artistic journey. It is also an acknowledgement of what art has meant to him, including significant therapeutic benefits to help him through two major illnesses–prostate cancer and a quadruple bypass.
“I worked in my studio whilst undergoing radiotherapy and found that, while I’ve always loved art and reveled in the creativity, it became much more than that. Art became an enormous therapy and I believe it got me through cancer and also aided my recovery from heart attack,” said McSwain. “Now I’m a fit, active and healthy 74-year-old with many years ahead of me.”
‘Canvas to Clay’ is an eclectic exhibition of paintings and ceramics from the various stages of McSwain’s colourful career, from a time when artists rubbed shoulders with other artists at well-attended exhibition openings, where money was no object, to today’s quieter but ever-evolving art scene.
The exhibition will include ceramic pieces and paintings in acrylics and pastels. The paintings include still lifes; equine works; landscapes; impressionist-style nude studies; portraits; and birds.
Bill McSwain will be giving a talk at the Opening Event, on Friday, September 1, between 6.30 and 8pm. He will also be doing an drawing demonstration from 2-3.30pm on Saturday, September 9. both events are free and all are welcome.