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Swartzentruber, Don
Contemporary painter (View Portfolio) Winona Lake, IN 46590-1615
Archetypes of desire, transgression and repentance are animated within illusionary spaces with an obsessive interest in penetrating high art and popular culture with raw personal liturgy. The inspiration comes from the miniscule ground that spiritual mysticism (metaphysical/eternal) and the carnival-grotesque (physical/finite) overlap. This seemingly incompatible dynamic builds the iconographic structure drifting between invocation, exorcism, sermon, dream and prayer. In the tradition of Bosch and Bruegel, the work avoids thematic boundaries, even when dealing with issues of faith. Stylistically the work marries folk with pop art, appropriating environments from sequential art, illustration, desktop publishing and animation as well as the traditional structures of painting, printmaking and the illuminated manuscript. "
Holds a M.F.A in Visual Art from Vermont College of Norwich University and is Adjunct Professor at Grace College in Winona Lake. Grants & Awards: Indiana Arts Commission-National Endowment for the Arts, Lilly Fellowship, International Graphic Arts Scholarship, etc. Early Career: Studying under Disney animator and worked as TV Art Director.
Services Offered
  • Apprenticeship Opportunities/Will Teach or Mentor
  • Assisting in Planning Arts Events
  • Commission Works
  • Doing demonstrations
  • Education presentations to schools, community organizations
  • Exhibitions/Demonstrations
  • Offer Works for Sale
  • Speaking About My Work Before a Group
  • Teach Art Form
  • Other
    Guest Speaker: Midwest Scholars Conference, Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture, Indiana Art Education Association Conference, Fort Wayne Arts Guild, Chicago Community Mennonite Church, etc.
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Scapegoat Messiah: Sketch, Sketch in non-repro blue, 19x15" From the "Beyond Dogma" Exhibition
Civil War, oil on canvas, 22x28" From the "Heterosexual Monogamy" Exhibition.
the Conscientious Objector, 18x21", oil on canvas From the "Pop-Mennonite" Exhibition
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