Richard Swift – a painter based in Cambridge, England

Richard Swift studied at the University of Reading under Peter Kalkhof in Fine Art and Neil MacGregor in History of Art, and at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London under Robin Cormack.  A founder member of Chisenhale studios, gallery and community workshops in East London, he has exhibited in numerous group shows over the years.  Recent solo exhibitions in Cambridge include Homerton College, Clare College, Anglia Ruskin University, King’s College, and Churchill College where his work is represented in the permanent collection.

Solo exhibitions:

2019      Organoids Symposium, Homerton College Cambridge

2018      Cerebral Organoids, Homerton College Cambridge

2010      Clare College Cambridge

2009      Representation, Identity, Body: international symposium, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

2008      King’s College Cambridge

2005      Churchill College Cambridge

1996       Towngate Gallery, Basildon

1994       Sutton House, London


Selected group exhibitions

1993      Arts Festival Exhibition, University of Durham

1992      Winchester Summer Festival

1990      Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Chisenhale Gallery, London

1989      Demon Dancers Diptych, EsBank, Istanbul

1988     The Invisible Man, Goldsmiths’ Gallery, London

1987      Two Painters, The Showroom Gallery, London

1987      A Human Perspective, Lamont Gallery & Chisenhale Gallery, London

1985     Tolly Cobbold Eastern Arts Fifth National Exhibition: Prizewinner

Fitzwilliam (Cambridge), Royal Academy (London), and national tour

1984     Group Show, Showroom Gallery, London

1982     Four Painters, Waterloo Gallery, London

1980    Finals Exhibition, University of Reading


Catalogue/written representation

2010     The Suffering Servant and the paintings of Richard Swift, Rev Gregory Seach, Clare College, University of Cambridge

2008     Recent paintings by Richard Swift, Art at King’s College, University of Cambridge

2005    Give Me A Body Then’: recent paintings by Richard Swift, Dr Roger Cook, University of Reading

1988     The Invisible Man: Kate Love and Kate Smith, illustrated catalogue, Goldsmiths College, University of London

1985     Tolly Cobbold Eastern Arts Fifth National Exhibition: illustrated catalogue and statement

1982     Four Painters, Time Out Magazine, London



Churchill College Cambridge

Maggie & Peter Boreland, New Jersey

Ferudun Tok Collection, Istanbul


Related professional experience

1998+     Fine Art & History of Art teacher, CCSS, Cambridge

1998+     International Programmes lecturer, University of Cambridge

1997        PCET Certificate of Education, University of Greenwich

1994        Fine Art and Contextual Studies lecturer, Basildon College

1994        British Council Scholar, Mimar Sinan Universitesi, Istanbul

1993        MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

1980        Founder member Chisenhale Studios, Gallery & Community Workshops, London

1980        BA Fine Art & History of Art, University of Reading

1958        Born in Sussex