Since completing my Masters of Fine Art in 2010 at the University of Newcastle, my artmaking focus has shifted toward history connected to familial history. 

I am a mid-career contemporary artist whose work is multi tangent using a variety of media. My studio history as an artist spans over 30 years integrating elements of family history, site specific memory, social histories, landscape, death and flux.

Commencing as a visual art student in 1979, I majored in black and white analogue photography and experimental painting at Meadowbank Technical College in Sydney. Whilst I have walked off the path of personal studio based artmaking at intervals during my career to teach and work as a community arts facilitator, Photography has been a constant diary to record events, research, and develop ideas.

In 1983 I enrolled in a Bachelor of Visual Arts at City Art Institute (University of NSW) where I majored in Drawing and Lithography. And it is here that a passion for printmaking started.

During my Masters of Fine Art at The University of Newcastle many of the studio based disciplines of my youth merged.  This includes photographic media in printmaking.  Over time this has enabled me to use drawing, painting and physical process with the gathering of documents, research, text and history as an intrinsic storytelling process.

Contemporary printmaking is the spine within my art making processes, where I construct within layers using photo based media, incorporating painting, drawing and digital print. Most recently my work has included printmaking as installation using unique print objects constructed utilizing contemporary processes of laser cutting and digital media.

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Linda Swinfield defines herstudio process as the construction of visual narratives. Using a type of visual story telling that incorporates childhood and family history, collective community histories, site specific memory and the human presence within the landscape.

Swinfield is a mid-career artist whose work is now multi- tangent. Her art making career begun as a visual art student in 1979 where she majored in black and white analogue photography and experimental painting at Meadowbank Technical College in Sydney. Since then photography and drawing have remained a constant diary for Swinfield. In 1983 she enrolled in a Bachelor of Visual Arts at City Art Institute (University of NSW) where she majored in Drawing and Lithography. Swinfield completed a Masters of Fine Art at The University of Newcastle in 2010 and it was here that many of the studio based disciplines of her youth merged, particularly photographic media in printmaking integrating drawing, and painting with the gathering of documents, research, text and history as an intrinsic storytelling process.

Since graduating from the Masters of Fine Art in 2010 she has been selected for Artist in Residences at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery in April 2017, at Thirning Villa, Ashfield in 2015, Laughing Waters Road AIR (Eltham Victoria) with Nillumbik Council in 2013 and the Gunyah AIR in Port Stephens, NSW in 2012 where she returned to in February 2016.  Additionally she was recently selected for the Nillumbik Prize in 2014 and 2017 and the Laman Street Art Prize in 2013, The Women’s Art Prize in 2016 and held solo exhibitions in the Newcastle University Gallery.  In 2010 she was awarded a NSW Marketing Grant, by NAVA.  Swinfield was a Teacher of Fine Art with TAFE NSW between 1997 and 2013 across three Institutes.

Contemporary printmaking is now the spine of her artmaking processes, most recently she has extended her printmaking skill into photo lithography and developed suites of objects as installation utilizing contemporary processes of laser cutting and digital media.

Her work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and Europe. In 2015 and 2016 exhibited Digging the clays: seeking family- a collaborative installation born out of the Ashfield Residency created with the assistance of clay artist Helen Dunkerley for Hidden Sculpture Walk at Rookwood Cemetery and Sculpture in the Vineyards.

Since leaving a full time TAFE teaching position at Newcastle Art School in 2013 I have been a Printmaking Tutor at Newcastle Printmakers Workshop NSW.  I am also currently Social Media coordinator (volunteer).

Since 2013 I have been volunteering with NPW as an Education Workshop Manager and independently running workshops and setting up an independent arts business (What is it that artists do? )

Linda Swinfield was Artist in residence at Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery in 2017. Since graduating from a MFA at The University of Newcastle in 2010 was selected for Artist in Residences at Thirning Villa, Ashfield in 2015, Nullumbik Council in 2013 and at The Gunyah AIR in 2012 and 2016.

Swinfield was selected for the Nillumbik Prize in 2013 and 2016, Laman Street Art Prize in 2013 and has recently held solo exhibitions at Newcastle Art Space in 2017 and The University of Newcastle in 2010.  In 2010 she was awarded a NSW Marketing Grant, by NAVA.  

Residencies  

2018                               Toolo Katoomba, March- April

2017                               Hazlehurst Regional Art Gallery, April    

2016                               Gunyah Artist Residency (a return), Feburary

Self-Initiated Artists Residency, Springwood, Lithgow and Katoomba NSW,

April and July. 

2015                               Artist in Residence, Thirning Villa, Ashfield Council, NSW, January to March 2014

2013                               Laughing Waters AIR (Artist in residence), Nillumbik Shire Council, Eltham, Victoria,

2012                               Gunyah AIR (Artist in residence), North Arm Cove NSW, July.

Grants
2009                     
NSW Marketing Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts (with Patricia Wilson- Adams)

2006- 2007

CMA Education Grant, Green Corridor Art Project. Hunter Catchment Authority.

Selected recent exhibitions

2017

Closer to Family: after 18 years, Newcastle Art Space

Sydney Contemporary- Paper Contemporary with Hunter Print.

2016         

Digging the clays, Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi, NSW, October.

Landlines, Curve Galley, Newcastle.

See Scrolls, Art Systems Wickham, Newcastle. 50th Anniversary of the Print Council.

2015                     

Core, Waiheke Community Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.

Transferring the image, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney.

Art takes a holiday, Curve Gallery, Newcastle, NSW.

Digging the clays, HIDDEN Sculpture Walk, Rookwood Cemetery. Sydney, September.

A collaboration with Helen Dunkerley.

2014                2014                     

In residence, cStudios Art Gallery, Newcastle ( solo)

An open secret: repositioning abstraction (Fifth Pandora Exhibition),      

Cessnock Regional Art Gallery.

2013

Opening the box: an invitational exhibition (unofficial Pandora group exhibition),

Four point gallery, Newcastle West.

Transferring the image, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown, Sydney.

Selected Art Prizes

2016

Womens Art Prize, Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank TAFE, See Street Gallery.

2015

Digging the clays, HIDDEN Sculpture Walk, Rookwood Cemetery. Sydney, September.

A collaboration with Helen Dunkerley.

2014

Nullumbik Art Prize, Montsalvat Gallery, Eltham Victoria.

2013

Laman Street Art Prize, Back to Back galleries, Newcastle.