Peter Swift is an award-winning contemporary realist artist. his artistic philosophy is simple: “I always paint common, everyday objects. Using symmetry and design, I try to turn them into something new. If the symmetry is successful, it will create a kind of dynamic stillness. The painting will almost seem to absorb sound.”
Peter is a leading proponent of a developing new genre of still-life painting called “Magic Symmetry”. Magic Symmetry is a combination of: (a) photorealistic renderings of objects; and (b) arrangement of these objects in symmetrical designs, such as circles. Still-life symmetry is quite different from the traditional “slice-of-life” or “snapshot” approach, showing the objects on a table-top or in a cabinet, which has been used for centuries in still-life painting. A good example of Magic Symmetry would be Peter’s painting entitled “Eight Wood Screws” shown above (acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, or 122 x 122 cm).