BORN:           1954, Santa Monica, CA




1982                M.A., California State University, Northridge

1979                B.A., California State University, Northridge




1999-2000       Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

1989                Landscapes of France, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1988                Paintings, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1984                Visual Arts Center, California State University, Fullerton, CA

                        Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

1982                California Contemporary Artists Number Nine: Jon Swihart, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, CA

                        Paintings, Gallery Two, California State University, Northridge

1981                Conejo Valley Art Museum, CA



2012   Small Paintings, Group Show,Lora Schlesinger Gallery

2010   small works, group show,Lora Schlesinger Gallery  

2006               The Likeness, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art

2003               Portraiture: Reflection, Identity and Presence, Santa Ana College, CA

                       Image & Enigma, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

                       Landscapes, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

2002               Paintings, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

                             Juxtapoz 8th Anniversary Art Show, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                       Landscape and Sculpture, Los Angeles City College Fine Arts Gallery, CA

Figure This II, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

2001               Representing Representation V, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

2000-2001          Representing L.A.: Pictorial Currents in Contemporary Southern California Art, curated by Gordon Fuglie, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA;

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX; Laguna Art Museum, CA (catalog)

2000               The New Classicists, Da Vinci Art Gallery, Los Angeles City College, CA

1999               New Religion, Tacoma Art Museum, WA

                       Courting the Muse: Contemporary Painting-Historical Influences,

California State University Fullerton, CA

The Surreal Thing, California State University, Los Angeles, CA

                        Taleteller, El Camino College Art Gallery, Torrance, CA

                        Means to an End: An Exploration of Drawing, Montgomery Gallery,

Pomona College, CA

                        Bastards:  A Collaborative Exhibition, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

1998                "The Drawing Group": An Emerging School of Los Angeles, Laband Art

Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

                        1997                Reconfigured 1: Painting, Santa Monica Community College, CA

                        Bastards: Individual and Collaborative Works, Hunsaker/Schlesinger

Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA

1996                Re: Masters, New Images from Old Sources, Rancho Santiago College,

Santa Ana, CA

                        Imaginary Realities: Surrealism Then and Now, Louis Stern Fine Arts,

Los Angeles, CA

                        L.A. Figures: A Survey of Figurative Painting in Los Angeles,

Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        Divergent Similarities, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

                        L.A. Realists, L.A. Harbor College, Wilmington, CA

1995                Vital Signs, Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

                        Gallery Group Show, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA

                        Southern California Artists, Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art,

Las Vegas, NV

                        Corpus Callosum, Ovsey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        Spiritual Inquiries, Struve Gallery, Chicago, IL

1994                Tiny Treasures, Adamson-Duvannes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        The Way of the Flesh, Mt. San Antonio Community College, Walnut, CA

                        External Views, Internal Perceptions, Mt. San Antonio Community

College, Walnut, CA

                        Paradox, Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA

                        Exhibition to Reestablish the Martina and La Monte Westmoreland Art Collection, Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery, Mount St. Mary's College,

Los Angeles, CA

                        Only Paint, Breeden Gallery, Orange, CA

                        Portraits by Artists, Galerie at Tatou, Beverly Hills, CA

                        The Committed Image, Fine Arts Gallery, Mt. San Jacinto College, CA

                        A Group Exhibition, Parnas Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                        Beyondappearance, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

1993                Captured Moments: The Narrative in American and European Paintings,

Adamson-Duvannes Galleries, Los Angeles, CA

                        Interiors, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1992                The Landscape Revisited: Romantic Visions by Contemporary California

Artists, Bakersfield Museum of Art, CA

1991                Individual Realities in the California Art Scene, Sezon Museum of Art,

Tokyo, Japan

                        The Spiritual Landscape, Biota Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        Plein Air 90’s, Santa Monica Heritage Museum, CA

                        Personal Mythologies, Marc Richards Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1990                Artists’ Artists, Long Beach Museum of Art, CA

                        Contemporary Landscapes, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1989                Sacred Symbols/New Visions: Religious Imagery in Contemporary Art,

Riverside Art Museum, CA

                        Every Fourteen Minutes, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1988                CSUN Continuum, The Art Store, Los Angeles, CA

                        Everydayland: Imagined Genre Scene Painting in Southern California,

Laguna Beach Museum of Art, CA

1987                Contemporary Humanism: Reconfirmation of the Figure, California State

University, Fullerton, CA, catalogue with essay by Gerald M. Ackerman.

                        Fantastic Vision, Simard Halm Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        Modern Myths: Classical Renewal, Boise Gallery of Art, ID;

Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, MT; Museum of Art,

Washington State University, Pullman, WA; Mills College Art

Gallery, Oakland, CA

1986                The Flower Show, Los Angeles Design Center, CA

                        Alumni Exhibition, Roberts Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                        Art Walk '86 Salvo, Merging One Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                        Realism: Photo and Surreal, Century Gallery, County of Los Angeles,

Sylmar, CA

1985                Innocence and Experience, Greenville County Museum of Art, SC,


                        Jon Swihart, Simone Gad, Marc Chambers, Orange County Center for

Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

                        The Spiritual Eye: Religious Imagery in Contemporary Los Angeles Art,

Loyola Law School, CA

1984                Diversity in Realism: Paintings-Drawings-Ceramics, Roberts Art Gallery,

Santa Monica, CA

Divergent Content, The Edge Gallery, Fullerton, CA

                        A Broad Spectrum: Contemporary California Painters and Sculptors ’84,

catalogue with essays by Fidel Danieli and Sandy Nelson.

                        Religion 1984, Bruce Velick Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                        Five Artists, Southern California, Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute

of Technology, Pasadena, CA, catalogue with essay by Jay Belloli

                        New Artists: New Art, organized by Sandy Nelson, California State

University, Los Angeles, traveled to California State University,

Hayward, catalogue with essay by Sandy Nelson

                        The Third Annual Juried All Media Show, Orange County Center for

Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA

1983                Paintings-Ceramics, Roberts Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1982                Faces, Roberts Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

The Second Annual Juried Exhibition, Conejo Valley Art Museum, CA

All Media ’82, Laguna Beach Museum of Art, CA
The Sixth Annual SBCC Small Images Exhibition,
Atkinson Art Gallery,

Santa Barbara City College, CA

1981                The First Annual Juried Exhibition, Conejo Valley Art Museum, CA

1980                It’s All Called Painting, organized by Josine Ianco Starrels, Municipal Art

Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA




2004                Frank, Peter, “’Image & Enigma’ at Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art,”

Artweek, February

2000                Stoesz, David, “Jon Swihart: A Real(ism) Bastard, A Place Apart at Frye

Art Museum, University of Washington Daily, January 13

1999                “At the Frye…” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 24

1997                Frank, Peter, “Reconfigured I: Painting, Bastards,” Pick of the Week,

LA Weekly, October 17

                        Pagel, David, “Six Friends Complete a Creative Circle,” Los Angeles

Times, October 2

1996                Ackerman, Gerald M., "Three Modern Genre Painters from Los Angeles:

F. Scott Hess, Jon Swihart, and Wes Christensen," American Arts Quarterly, Spring 1996

1995                Frank, Peter, "Art Picks of the Week: Vital Signs, Memoirs," LA Weekly,

November 3-November 9

                        Di Michele, David, "Vital Signs at the LA Municipal Art Gallery,"

Artweek, December

                        Alter Gilbert, Gilbert, "A New Enigmatism," Asylum Annual

1994                Frank, Peter, "Art Picks of the Week: Paradox," LA Weekly, July 1-July 7

                        Stevenson Maslon, Laura, "Art Chatter about Art Matters," Art-Talk,


                        "Beyond Appearance," ArtScene, March

                        Wilson, William, "Ruminations on the Resistance to Nature," Los Angeles

Times, January 18

1991                Pagel, David, "Painting in the Photo Age,” Los Angeles Times,

September 5

                        Fisher, Robert, "Giverny Revisited," American Artist, November

                        Lineberry, Heather Sealy. “California Landscapes,” Art of California,


1990                McKenna, Kristine, "Artists' Artists, A Surprise Package at the Long

Beach Museum," Los Angeles Times, February 16

                        Berland, Dinah, "Artists' Artists," Long-Beach Press Telegram,

January 28

Clarke, Orville O., Jr., "Tortue Gallery," Home and Garden, November

1989                Geer, Suvan, "The Art Galleries," Los Angeles Times, September 15

"89 for 1989: Meet Southern California's Rising Stars," Los Angeles Times

Magazine, January 1

1988                Muchnic, Suzanne, "Discontent Rolls Under the Surface of Everydayland

Exhibition," Los Angeles Times, October 1

1988                Bourgeois, Claude, "Trois Americains chez Claude Monet," Dauphine

Liberc, June 19

                        Dubin, Zan, "Art News," Los Angeles Times, April 10

                        Pagel, David, "Classicism Made Contemporary," Artweek, April 9

                        Muchnic, Suzanne, "The Art Galleries," Los Angeles Times, March 25

                        Glowen, Ron, "A Return to Idealized Virtue," Artweek, February 13

1987                Wilson, William. “The Art Galleries,” Los Angeles Times, July 24

                        Bulmer, Marge, "Four Neoclassical Painters," Artscene, November

                        Curtis, Cathy, "Figure Painting with an 80,s Spin," Los Angeles Times,

November 30

                        Mc Connell, Steele, "Classical Shakeup-Exhibition Tells Ancient Stories

in Modern Images," The Idaho Statesman, April 21

1985                Garris, Laurie. “Painting Today: The Present Past,” Arts and Architecture,

Volume 4, No. 2, July

1984                “Divergent Content,” The Arts in Orange County, November.

McKelvie, Kathy Zimmer. “Jon Swihart and David Ligare,” ArtScene,

Special Edition, Visual Art, Summer

French, Christopher. “A Puzzle Without an Answer,” Artweek, February 4

                        Bellon, Linda. “Three Distinctive Styles,” Artweek, January 21

1982                Neuman, Judith, "A Mysterious Realism in Oil," Orange County Register,

October 8

1980                Wilson, William, "Cornucopia in Muni's Painting Survey," Los Angeles

Times Calendar, May 4