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    Michael Swaney: Ghost Poet (detail)

Art: Michael Swaney's colourful work is fun and strange in equal parts

Posted by Maisie Skidmore,

If you tend to find yourself drawn to the bright, the colourful and the ever so slightly obscure then artist Michael Swaney is definitely one to add to your bookmarks bar. His own very unique brand of painting treads the fine line between the familiar and the strange, with brightly coloured faces, mouse people, beautiful mosaic-like pottery and a whole heap of thumbs pointed skywards.

Geometric shapes and clown-like primary colours all have a place here, coming together to make up a mishmash of colours and references which, when placed within Michael’s brilliantly ornate frames and patterns, all seem to come together to make a new kind of chaotic harmony. There’s detail upon detail in there too, from subtle criticism of social media platforms to weirdly absent-faced characters, which has us wondering if perhaps there’s more to the subtext of Michael’s work than meets the eye.

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    Michael Swaney: 3 Hardworkers

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    Michael Swaney: Infinite Browser Painting

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    Michael Swaney: Sleeping Beauty Painter

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    Michael Swaney: Ein-Stein

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    Michael Swaney: 4 Likes

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    Michael Swaney: Botijo Bonito

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    Michael Swaney: Performance Sculpture for Social Platforms

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    Michael Swaney: 4 Likes, 4 Dislikes

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    Michael Swaney: Ghost Poet

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Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Editorial Assistant Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.