Lynn Swigart’s photographs offer visual delight without sentimentality or pretension. His eye for abstract beauty does not submerge but instead completes and elevates the personal reality of the scene. This vision gives us works of art in which solitude and communion become united and indistinguishable, moments of contact between permanence and impermanence. “You, too, have this marvelous world passing before you,” say these photographs — a cherubic face with an infectious smile, a boy’s joyful stride with a balloon, a moon discovered in a metal tank, a cobbler at work, a turn on an empty carousel.
Lynn S. Swigart was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and spent his youth in Clinton, Illinois. He worked for Caterpillar Inc. from 1953 to 1988, his last position being manager of Communications Services. From 1988 to 1994, he was president of WYD Design Inc. of Westport, Connecticut. He served on the Arts Committee of the Illinois Arts Council and the Board of Directors of the Westport Art Center. Swigart lived in Gloucester, Massachusetts, from 1994 to 2017 and currently resides nearby in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Swigart worked as a professional photographer from 1951 to 1953, has taught photography at Bradley University, and has studied with photographers Gus Kayafas, Minor White, and George Tice.
The Lynn Swigart Photographic Archive is being accessioned by the Cape Ann Museum in 2018.
Current & Planned
November 23, 2019 – December 24, 2019
An exhibition which invites you to take a closer look as the year 2020 approaches.
Past Solo Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
Lynn Swigart: Favorites
November 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015
brings together a selection of twenty-two black-and-white and five color photographs by Lynn Swigart
, which are among the artist’s favorites from his distinguished career.
Past Group Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
In With The New
January 26, 2018 – March 25, 2018
An exhibition of new, unseen, and selected works of art by represented artists.
In the Time We Have
March 12, 2016 – April 24, 2016
An exhibition of new and selected works of art reflecting themes of time, ephemerality, and maturity.
Beyond Real: Contemporary Landscapes
August 15, 2015 – September 13, 2015
A group exhibition offering more than fifty paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works in the genre of landscape, chosen to represent a diversity of artistic approaches.
July 3, 2014 – July 27, 2014
An exhibition celebrating Gloucester Harbor and the area’s legacy of more than 150 years of excellence in the visual arts, displaying works of art by eighteen Cape Ann artists, including four guest artists, and introducing Gloucester artist Ed Touchette
, now represented by Trident Gallery.
January 17, 2014 – March 16, 2014
A trans-discipline, evolving, multi-media art experience—an exhibition of visual art and a coordinated series of performances evolving with the season from mid-winter into spring.
Walls of Plenty
November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014
A cornucopia of art to feed the soul.
Home: The Inaugural Exhibition
August 30, 2013 – October 14, 2013
Trident Gallery's inaugural exhibition shows the work of twelve artists representing the excellence and variety of contemporary fine art on Cape Ann. Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift has assembled 39 works of art that explore ideas of “home.”