Kurt Swinghammer

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.

Kurt’s “Red Canoe” series paintings have been signed and dated on the back. The canoe in the foreground is a reference to the iconic Canadian landscape artist Tom Thompson, and each piece features a unique colour scheme reflecting different seasons or moods. The last painting of this popular series – no. 36 – is currently available for purchase at True North Gallery.

Kurt’s Canoe Lake – Turpentine Wind WAV series are signed and dated on the back and come with a copy of Turpentine Wind CD and BluRay. These paintings are based on the WAV files of the vocal tracks from Turpentine Wind, Kurt’s concept album inspired by Tom Thomson. 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 Thomson – whose depiction of  the rugged, untamed North was an existential reflection of a unique aspect of the Canadian identity.

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