The Others

Meet The Others: Geraldine Swayne

The Game Changers. The Rule Breakers. The Innovators. Discover some of the fantastic emerging talent showcasing their work at The Other Art Fair.

The Other Art Fair’s Geraldine Swayne is best known for her miniature portraits done in enamel paint on metal. Geraldine sat down with us at her most recent fair to talk about her work and what fascinates her most about her subjects.



How would you describe your artwork?

I make figurative paintings of all sizes; but for the last 3 years or so, I have been making miniatures in enamel on copper or aluminum. They are lustrous and jewel-like, on account of the lovely surface. They have quite a theatrical and mysterious atmosphere.

What does making art mean to you?

It means living life in technicolor. You’re always a bit detached, because you’re always examining things, but it gives you access to incredible vistas and an enjoyment that is very privileged and heightened. It also means a lot of sacrifice and struggle, but I would not like to be doing anything else.

How did you get started making art?

I went missing under a neighbor’s hedge when I was two and a half, and assembled fir cones into a ‘hedgehog’ sculpture… Then, I got my parents to come and look at it. My dad took a picture of it. It was a small black and white image of some twiggy debris. That’s how I got going. Sadly, I lost the picture.

What is it like to be a part of The Other Art Fair?

Really good. No mucking about. Meeting a real mix of people with a wide range of questions and opinions, and the atmosphere is egalitarian.

What is your favorite piece for sale on your Saatchi Art profile and why?

I think the ‘Seaside Philosopher’ is a special painting. He’s a bit of a mascot and has been in my personal collection for a while. It’s time to let him out! I’d like him to end up in New York.

Geraldine Swayne, ‘Seaside Philosopher’, Limited Edition 5 of 25, $800


Meet Geraldine Swayne at the inaugural edition of The Other Art Fair New York June 1-4. Buy tickets online now.