Tony Swain

Born 1967, Lisburn; Lives in Glasgow.


1990 BA (Hons) Painting, Glasgow School of Art
1986 Liverpool School of Art

Solo Exhibitions

2024 ‘Dilemma to Rely On’, Gallery Baton, Seoul
2023 ‘Pronouncing the Accent’, Celine, Glasgow
2022 ‘Sight Deserted’, The Modern Institute, 14–20 Osborne Street, Glasgow
2017 ‘Works or Everyone’, The Modern Institute, 3 Aird's Lane, Glasgow
2015 ‘The Shorter Alphabet’, The Modern Institute, 3 Aird's Lane, Glasgow
  ‘Other Planets are Available’, Kunstverein Freiburg
  ‘Undetailed Progress’, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
2014 ‘Independent Projects’, 548 West 22nd Street, New York
2012 ‘Aereated Bread Company (Andrew Black and Tony Swain)’, The Duchy Gallery, Glasgow
  ‘Drowned Dust, Sudden Word’, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 ‘Afterwards in Pictures’, The Modern Institute, 14–20 Osborne Street, Glasgow
2010 ‘Recollection Has Not Been Mentioned’, Herald St, London
2009 ‘Temperature is here too’, Art Now, Tate Britain, London
2008 ‘Impure Passports’, Inverleith House, Edinburgh
2007 ‘Soon Divided And So On’, Herald St, London
  ‘To Get Her’, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
2006 ‘The Flashes That Came To Stand For Us’, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow
  ‘Not New, Went On’, Millais Gallery, Southampton
2005 ‘Never Even’, Herald St, London
  ‘You Have Decorated Me The Wrong Colour’, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2004 ‘Water Through Window, Husband Mental’, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow

Group Exhibitions

2023 ‘Brilliant Cut’, Gallery Baton, Seoul
2018 ‘Innovative Printmaking’, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
  Oxford House, Glasgow
2017 ‘NOW’, Modern One, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
2015 ‘X’, Herald St, London (curated by Sarah McCrory)
2014 ‘Archive Fever!’, The Clay and Glass Gallery, Ontario
  ‘Continue Without Losing Consciousness’, DCA, Dundee (Part of GENERATION 2014)
  ‘Nine Chains To The Moon (Chapter 2)’, BQ, Berlin (With John Latham, Tony Swain and Josef Albers)
2013 ‘Valise’, BQ and Pavillon der Volksbühne, Berlin (The Glasgow Weekend)
  ‘A Picture Show’, GOMA, Glasgow
2012 ‘La Cinquieme Saison’, Mediatheque Espace Culturel, Saint Jean de Monts
  ‘Ever since I put your picture in a frame’, 42 Carlton Place, Glasgow (Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art)
2011 ‘Creating the New Century’, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio (Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection)
  ‘Transmitter/Receiver’, Hayward Gallery, London (Touring to mima Soundspace, Middlesbrough; The Lightbox, Woking and Tullie House, Carlisle)
2010 ‘Restore Us and Regain’, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art
  ‘Glasgow International’, Le drapeau noir, Glasgow
2009 ‘Primitif Complique’, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Brussels
2007 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice
  ‘Scotland & Venice 2007’, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
  ‘Like Leaves’, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
2006 ‘The Three Cities: Berlin, Milan, London’, Anna-Catherina Gebbers, Berlin
  ‘Down With You’, Bankley Studios & Gallery, Manchester
  ‘FALANSTERIO’, Supportico Lopez, Naples
  ‘JaGGy-edge’, The Travelling Gallery, touring Scotland
2005 ‘Supernova’, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow (British Council)
  ‘Herald St and The Modern Institute present’, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York
  ‘Prisms & Shadows’, Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow (curated by Toby Paterson)
2004 Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
  ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, Millers Terrace, London
  Transmission, Glasgow
  Glasgow Art Fair with Switchspace



2010 Cooper, Neil: ‘Tommy Grace, Ged Quinn and Tony Swain: Restore Us Regain’, The List, 04/11/2010
  Macmillian, Duncan: ‘Art, Lessons from a past master on making a good impression.’, The Scotsman, 21/10/2010
  ‘topsy turvy’, The Big Issue, 27/09/2010
  Swain, Tony: ‘Tony Swain on how he paints’, The Observer, 20/09/2010
2009 ‘Tate Britain presents New Paintings by Glasgow-based artist Tony Swain’, Art Knowledge News, 26/06/2009
  Coomer, Martin: ‘News Style’, Big Issue, 18/05/2009
2008 Black, Kara: Extract from her essay ‘This Is The Ticket‘, The New Paper, 31/07/2008
  Lesso, Rosie: ‘Review: Nick Evans and Tony Swain’, The List, Issue 597 28/02/2008
  Kennedy, Alexander: ‘Nick Evans and Tony Swain’, The List, Issue 596 14/02/2008
2007 Leaver-Yap, Isla: ‘Art and mud’, The List, Issue 578 2007
  Leaver-Yap, Isla: ‘CONCRETE PLANES’, Map, Issue 11 2007
2006 Anderson, Randall: ‘Tony Swain’, Flash Art, 10/2006
  Peter, Mick: ‘Tony Swain’, Frieze, Issue 102 10/2006
  Kennedy, Alexander: ‘Tony Swain - The Flashes that Came to Stand For Us’, The List, 07/2006
  Harrison, Sara: ‘Tony Swain’, Art Monthly, 02/2006
  Sumpter, Helen: ‘Tony Swain’, Time Out London, 01/2006
2004 McDermott, Leon: ‘Tony Swain’, The Metro, 17/09/2004
  Jeffrey, Moira: ‘Showing vital spark’, The Herald, 10/09/2004
  McLaughlin, Aideen: ‘Writings on the Wall’, The Big Issue, 09/2004
  James, Merlin: ‘Munro, Pollard and Swain at Transmission’, Transmission Newsletter, 04/2004
  Figgis, Laurence: ‘JP Munro, Alex Pollard, Tony Swain’, Untitled, 2004
  Price, Matt: ‘Tony Swain, in Mixed Paint - A survey of contemporary painters’, Flash Art International, 2004

Exhibition Reviews

2015 Jeffrey, Moira: ‘Tony Swain: The Shorter Alphabet’, The Scotsman, 15/08/2015
2012 Pollock, David: ‘Tony Swain: Drowned Dust, Sudden Word‘, The List, 24/05/2012
  ‘Art Review‘, Scotland on Sunday, 05/05/2012
  Clark, Robert: ‘Exhibitions‘, The Guardian Guide, 14/04/2012


2014 Continue Without Losing Consciousness, Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Dundee
2008 Paintings, Dumont Buchverlag, Cologne (edited by The Modern Institute)
  Scotland & Venice 2003 2005 2007, Scottish Arts Council/British Council/National Galleries of Scotland/The Scottish Government, Edinburgh
2007 Scotland and Venice 2007, Scottish Arts Council, British Council Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland, Scotland

Exhibition Publications

2012 Narrative Deficiencies Throughout, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 Creating the New Century, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton
2005 Supernova, British Council, London