Artist Andrea Dagmar-Swenson Brown (a.k.a. Dagmar Swenson) Is a multi-media artist whose painting, photography, music, ceramics and jewelry design have been shown, published and sold in a variety of venues.
“When I paint,” she comments, “I enjoy the inspiration a blank canvas presents, where art creates itself, and in turn, the observer and the final artwork will conspire through interaction and creation. ”
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painted this acrylic in Expressionist style on Canson 110 lb. paper (smoother than what I usually use). Dimensions are 12″ W x 9″ H [ pix W X pix H] I photographed it in daylight at 200 dpi with my Olympus digital camera. People with their pets, (dog, parrot), and their assorted beverages all are tightly packed at the edge of the churning ocean while relaxing under their colorful beach umbrellas. 7/14/11
TITLE: “Dilapidatd Shed” MEDIUM: Tempera Paint SIZE: 12″W x 9″H [3728 pix W x 2700 pix H]. DESCRIPTION: Getting old ain’t easy: I watched this barn in Keedysville, Maryland, slowly go down. It took about eight to ten years to deteriorate into a flat, unrecognizable thing and then was gone, replaced by a shiny, new, bland structure. Tempura Paint on heavyweight paper. Scanned at 300 dpi. 3/20/2002
Rust Town Petting Zoo and Nursing Facility
After spending time caring for my mother, in both assisted living and nursing homes, I was shocked and saddened by some of those institutions: their negligent treatment of the elderly, infirm and mentally and physically handicapped whose lives were often in complete control of strangers. Many had no loved ones to hug them or visit. My mother, a Renaissance woman who fought the good fight but lost, inspired this work. I spent many hours with her, being her advocate, best friend, loving daughter. She and I went to a “petting zoo” that one institution had set up for the residents. I had come upon some patients who were emotionally mistreated. I wanted to capture the scene but reversed it, where the residents became the animals fenced in the zoo and strangers came to stare and point and throw food at them (“feed the animals”). This painting is part of my imaginary Rust Town series that consists of Expressionist paintings of another world, often cruel, sometimes funny, always wry. I have created a number of dry, tongue-in-cheek views of this life on the “other side” that few who live it get to tell and be believed. It shows a cruel world that the American health system has created for those who cannot take care of themselves. Painting is acrylic in Expressionist style on canvas board. Scanned at 300 dpi. Dimensions: 12″ W x 9″ H [3600 pix W x 2718 pix H] . 10/9/14 Copyright © 2014 Andrea Dagmar-Swenson Brown.
Girls Chasing Balloons (Haiti series)
acrylic painting, impasto on canvas board, 7 inches high X 5 inches wide [1506 pix W x 2096 pix H.] This painting is one from my Haiti Series, a group of acrylics I painted in April-May 2010 in consideration of the May 9, 2010 Mother’s Day Benefit Art Sale for the St. Croix School in Haiti. Google Earth showed a devastated Port au Prince, but I looked beyond the immediate reality of an earthquake-destroyed nation, towards the resilient spirit of the Haitian people and the inherent beauty of the island.
The Leaf Blower
“The Leaf Blower,” an acrylic painting in Expressionist style, is in my Miniature Acrylic series. It demonstrates that sometimes an irritant may turn unexpectedly into something delightful or amusing. Dimensions are 9″ H x 6″ W [2720 pix H x 1806 pix W]. Painted on Canson 140lb Montval Watercolor paper. Scanned at 300 dpi. 11/9/09
The Intubation (Covid-19)
Acrylic painting, in my Rust Town series, painted in Primitive style on canvas board. The patient is trapped by my imagination in a world between life and death, forever facing mortality. This acrylic was not painted from a photo; rather, it is from my mind’s eye. Scanned at 300 dpi. 8/4/20
Want World Peace
HFA/Corcoran. I painted “Want World Peace” in acrylic on wood. I see it as Folk Art/Expessionism. Dimensions: 7.5″ W x 7.5″ H [2240 pix W x 2210 pix H] on wood. I was one of three artists who were working on the Corcoran Gallery outdoor site built by HFA. One of the three, Jessica Poser, had an installation in which she asked people what they’d like to fix and then embroidered the statement on cloth on a wall. I decided to integrate a painting with her idea. So I asked a fictional person what they’d wish for, then painted embroidery stitches all around the edges and their wish on the top of the painting. Painted 8/2/12 on grounds of the Corcoran Gallery
I painted “Pansies” in acrylics in an Expressionist style. It is in my Miniature Acrylic series. These colorful, imaginary pansies are overflowing a bowl representing a painting within a painting — an imaginary Mexican hand-painted bowl spun on a potter’s wheel and fired in a primitive kiln. Dimensions are 9″ W x 6″ H [2700 pix W x 1760 pix H] on Canson Montval cold press 140lb paper. Scanned at 300 dpi. 12/1/13