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London-born painter of landscapes, portraits and still life, working in oil, watercolour, pastel and gouache, sculptor and teacher. He was educated at Somerset College of Art, Taunton, 1953–5; St Martin’s School of Art, 1955–7; and London University Institute of Education, for his art teacher’s diploma, 1958–9. He was awarded first prize, Saunders Artist in Watercolour Competition, 1975. Swan became senior lecturer in the Bristol Polytechnic faculty of fine art, retiring 1985, then travelled and painted in America, Australia, Arabia and France. Mixed shows included AIA; John Moores Liverpool Exhibition; Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford; Exeter Arts Festival; and RWA, of which he was a member. Had solo shows at Arnolfini, Bristol, 1961–2–6, and Barrow Court, Somerset, 1976.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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