Anselmo Swan: Everyday Objects
Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
From crumpled aluminum foil to gingham shirts to steaming cups of coffee, it appears there is no object too humble or mundane for hyper-realist artist Anselmo Swan. Confections, such as cupcakes with thick swirls of pink icing, hold peculiar sway in his oil paintings, as do candy wrappers, emptied of their contents. (The before and after of sweet desire?) Typically, Swan isolates his subjects on a plain ground, thus amplifying our focus on their arresting forms, colours and textures.