Kurt Swinghammer is a Canadian musician and visual artist.
He studied at the Ontario College of Art, and he is represented in the permanent collection of the Canada Council Art Bank. In addition to painting, Kurt has art directed ground breaking videos for rap legend Maestro Fresh Wes, designed wardrobe for The Shuffle Demons, and illustrated a children’s book of Stompin’ Tom Connors songs.
In addition to his own releases, he appears as a session guitarist on albums by Ani DiFranco, Serena Ryder, and Royal Wood. He has worked extensively as a composer for film and TV, and his credits include episodes of The Nature Of Things. A live solo performance is included on the album Concert For St Stephens, released on True North Records.
Red Canoe Series 2016 Acrylic on canvas 48” x 48” is signed and dated on the back. This ongoing series repeats a formal foreground composition, and by utilizing hundreds of uniquely mixed colours, explores variations in the receding background. The canoe is a reference to the iconic Canadian landscape artist Tom Thompson.
Canoe Lake – Turpentine Wind WAV series 2012 Acrylic on wood panel 8” x 10” signed and dated on the back and comes with a copy of Turpentine Wind CD & BluRay. These paintings are based on the WAV files of the vocal tracks from Turpentine Wind, Kurt’s concept album inspired by Tom Thompson. Wav files, the visual representation of sound, can surprisingly resemble shorelines or islands reflected in a lake. Swinghammer uses abstracted interpretations of these artifacts of digital recording to pay homage to Thompson – whose depiction of the rugged, untamed North was an existential reflection of a unique aspect of the Canadian identity.