Kaleidoscope Confetti: Kymm Swank

23 Feb

When I was taking studio classes in college, I had a thing for geometric shapes.  Collage project involving painted pieces of paper?  Mine were scenes made out of painted paper squares.  Once I mastered drawing the figure realistically, I had a complete blast simplifying my figures into geometric shapes and planes.  It seems that Los Angeles artist Kymm Swank has the same fondness for bright color and simple shapes, putting them together in a way that is downright intoxicating.

Structure2, oil on canvas, 36x36

I am in love with the way Swank is using common linear shapes to create complex compositions full of light and movement.

City Structure VI, oil on canvas, 72x60

There are any number of scenes these works may represent.. a cityscape at sunset, sunspots reflecting off a waterfall, looking down on busy city traffic, boats crowded together in a busy port, waves crashing upon a shore..

Juke VIII, oil & resin on canvas, 18x18

How about we change things up a little?  Instead of me telling you what I see, I’d love to hear what you see!

City Structure VII, oil on canvas, 72x60

Be sure to head over to Kymm Swank’s website to check out the rest of her portfolio.  Share your thoughts on what you see in her work in the comments below.  No Rorschach-like psycho analyzing of your vision, I promise!😉

Featured image is Structure 14, oil on canvas, 72×36.  All images are via the artist’s website.

8 Responses to “Kaleidoscope Confetti: Kymm Swank”

  1. 365dots February 23, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Juke VIII makes me thing of a secluded beach house, probably because I’m dying for a vacation. These are beautiful!

    • Lesley February 23, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      I can totally see that! Oh, a secluded beach vacation sounds so lovely.😉

  2. Nicole February 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Structure 2 looks like sunset over the ocean. I think a picnic at the beach is in order.🙂

    • Lesley February 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      You bring the cheese, I’ll bring the wine!

  3. Conceptual Muse February 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Reblogged this on Conceptual Art.

  4. Frances Rice February 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    I don’t care whether they look like skyscrapers or not. They are incredibly beautiful! I like the use of the repeated squares, the transparent luminous quality of the paint, and the colors. I can imagine Bryce Canyon or a skyline, but in and of themselves they are interesting to look at! And they remind me of quilts and will inspire my next one!

  5. 35andupcynicismonhold March 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    Kymm’s works are thoughtful, alive and cheerful. The artist is so brilliant. ^^ 🙂

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