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Hi - I'm Jan Swaren and I was born in St. Avold, France and grew up in Canada. I studied Visual Arts first at Canterbury School of the Arts in Ottawa and then at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
My exhibitions include:
Visual Art: Public Exhibitions
2011: Passion/Power: Stations of Metaphor, Juried Solo Exhibition, Mill Street Gallery, Sydenham, ON
2010: The Wellington Street Gallery, Kingston, ON (on-going members exhibition)
2009: Won Parks Canada Mural/Installation commission, St, Lawrence National Park, Mallorytown Landing, ON
2008: Juried Art Salon, Kingston Arts Council, ON
2007: Juried Art Salon, Kingston Arts Council, ON
2007: Voices, group invitational, Studio 22, Kingston, ON
1997: Agribition, group invitational, Canadian National Agricultural Exhibition, Regina, SK
1996: Brockville Artists’ Guild Annual Show, group members, Brockville Museum, Brockville
1996: CBC Saskatchewan, (station identification with royalties), SK
1995: On the Way to Grandmother’s, solo invitational, McIntyre Street Gallery, Regina, SK
1995: Perth Street Revival, winner of juried mural competition, Brockville, ON
1995: Saskatchewan Arts Board, public collection, Regina, SK
1995: Women at Work, group invitational, McIntyre Street Gallery, SK
1994: Works on Paper, group members, McIntyre Street Gallery, SK
1993: Don’t Touch Her Me, solo exhibition, Springer Lounge, Kingston, ON
1987: Praxis, Artists In Community Education Members, Kingston Public Library, ON
1986: Ain’t It Nice to Know, juried solo exhibition, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON
1985: Shock of the New, group invitational, Spectator Gallery, Hamilton, ON
1985: Art In The Valley, group juried, Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON (membership prize)
This past year has been full of intense change, revealed most visually in my artwork. In the past, I was trying to speak through my work – now, I am trying to listen through my work. I usually start with a visual inspiration – often my own photograph of a plant, rock, or water – and then I pay attention. I try to stay open. I find that my work is simply a journey – the process has been important for my personal growth - perhaps the result will resonate with others.
My goal continues to be to portray the dramatic beauty found deep within all life and to inspire others through the spiritual energy found in light, colour, texture, form and shadow.