Yvette Swan was born in Sydney, Australia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from University of NSW, Collage of Fine Arts. She has previously worked in the film and photographic industries and then came back full circle to her love of painting. She has had over 35 solo and group exhibitions in Australia, including the Wynne Landscape Prize at AGNSW, Metro Prize, Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale Prize, and the Art Series Leeuwin Estate Collection. Yvette’s paintings of her travels to New York are included in the book ‘Unfinished Journeysâ’ by Ken McGregor, which also featured some of Australia’s most renown artists such as John Olsen and Tim Storrier. Her paintings also belong to private and public collections.
In 2018 Yvette exhibited works in the Spectrum-Red Dot Miami Art Fair. In 2019 she was the Featured Artist in Home Design magazine, issue April/May; and her work was also part of the Swiss Art Expo. Yvette will be exhibiting in Sydney in 2021 at The Other Art Fair.
Yvette is a certified Advanced Psychotherapist. She provides One to One counselling sessions; Well-being classes and retreats for adults, younger people, and children, as well as art classes.
I love opening to the expansive creative energy of the unknown and have a painting evolve from this space. Such joy and peace is revealed. I have discovered that this space of who we are naturally draws people to my paintings. It is our life energy and is present in every human being, animal, tree, flower, blade of grass, and all of existence.
Painting is a medium I love to use where I am able to open to something that is much greater than “me and my life”. It is something that the mind cannot grasp and understand but it is known to us all as we are this space. Another word for us is awareness. We are the awareness that notices everything and is in all life forms. To recognise our true self is to open to peace, joy, freedom, and love. Everything else that comes and goes, like thoughts, emotions, life situations, are only part of the play, the dance of creation.
I love opening to truth and I’m thankful when I have created an artwork from this space and it is received by another.”