THE ART OF DERALD SWINEFORD
OPEN UNTIL DECEMBER 10TH (TBD)
Please join Derald's son John to discuss the work at the closing reception on Saturday, December 10th from 2pm - 4pm.
"The Critic, Self-Portrait" (Oil On Canvas)
Swineford was a self-proclaimed regionalist, and he attempted to portray the flavor of Oklahoma and the southwestern United States. Proficient in multiple mediums, the artist was able to express these regionalist ideas through various outlets. His placid watercolors of the Washita River emerge in striking contrast to his forceful metal statues of his 1960’s "Fancy Dancers."
"Buffalo Dancer" (Additive Metal Sculpture)
Born in Enid on March 10, 1908, Derald Thomas Swineford completed high school in his hometown and went on to receive bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in Art from the University of Oklahoma. World War II placed Swineford in West Africa (the Gold Coast and Kenya) with the Army Air Corps, and this added more to the Derald’s cultural exposure and artistic depth. The war’s end brought Swineford home to his wife, Mary. Together they raised two sons. Derald went on to be the head of the art department at the Oklahoma College for Women, later known as the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, for 30 years and Professor Emeritus for an additional 15.
"College Farm Pond" (Watercolor)
Swineford may have seen the regionalist within himself, but a significant amount of naturalism exists there also. His landscapes of the college farm are evocative of the peace that Swineford found within nature. Many of these are depicted seasonally and generate ideas of a cold winter day, the cleansing of spring, the stillness of an Oklahoma summer, and the color palette of autumn. These year-round landscapes provided the artist with a place to contemplate his favorite pastime, combining the beauty of nature with the skills of his profession. From the dynamics of a mountain sheep in motion to the type of wood from which a dancer should be carved, nature taught Swineford a lot about himself and his trade. Swineford often cited nature as his church.