Jim Swift: Birth of Galaxies & Trees


Jim Swift’s current work began with his quest to explore and paint the mysteries and depths of our universe. The saturation and clarity of stars in the night skies of Northern BC inspired imagination and vision that continues to evolve through his creative process and paintings. As with the ‘end result’ of our unfathomable and evolving universe, the end result of any painting or creative process can be, similarly, unknown.

He initially thought he would be a wildlife artist but his Atlin mentor pushed for a truer expression of who he is as an artist. This process continues….

Jim’s interests in mysticism and shamanism in aboriginal cultures also influences his contemporary paintings, as does the energy of untouchedwilderness, his encounters with wildlife, music and his Metis lineage. “I believe that art can lead people to a shift in consciousness or awareness, both from the visual experience and from the emotions this can evoke” – an experience often affirmed to him by viewers of his work.

Jim has been inspired by the works of Jack Shadbolt, Norval Morriseau, Carl Rungius, Bob Kuhn, Allen Sapp, Jackson Pollock, The Group of Seven and Tom Thompson.

The Tidemark Art Gallery is pleased to exhibit Jim’s work from February 4th – March 4th. His paintings will be available to the public for viewing on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12-4pm. For more information about Jim Swift and his work, please visit: jimswiftart.com

Jim’s recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has slowed but not stopped his creative exploration. All proceeds from the sale of Jim’s paintings will go towards funding new therapy for Jim to delay the progression of the disease and to help him fully enjoy his retirement years in a healthy, productive and creative way.

A GoFundMe campaign has also been started to help offset treatment costs. Information about the treatment and the campaign can be found at:  https://www.gofundme.com/8ckehntw

Impressions Custom Framing and Gallery will also be running a raffle of one of Jim’s framed prints for the duration of the show. For more information on the raffle, please call: 250.286.1612.