about the artist
Ian Swift has always been a maker. As a child he’d ask Santa for saws and hammers with claws. He’d collect bicycle parts from hard rubbish to assemble into hybrid bikes for pocket money.
After meandering through many manual jobs, he found his people at art school (UNE Lismore).
Through his career, his primary motivation has been the environment and his many exhibitions and group shows have reflected this. Accepted twelve times in Bondi Sculpture by the Sea and awarded People’s Choice 1999 and Art Gallery of NSW prize 2002.
After twenty years living and working in the Blue Mountains, he moved to another strong arts community on Scotland Island in 2017.