For to be contemporary is not necessarily to be part of any movement, to be included in the official representations of national and international art. History shows that it may well be the opposite. It may be that it is the odd, the personal, the curious, the simply honest, that at this moment, when everyone looks to the extreme and flamboyant, constitutes the most interesting manifestation of the spirit of art.
"Official Art and the Modern Painter", X, Vol. I, No. 1 (November 1959)
I believe when you bring, say, a plant into a room, everything in that room changes in relation to it. This tension — tension is the only word for it — can be painted.Patrick Swift
The development that produces great art is a moral and not an aesthetic development.Patrick Swift
Its life depends on the degree to which it is inhabited by mystery, speaks to us of the unknown.Patrick Swift
All art is probably erotic in its ultimate character, but painting more than anything else is a purely nervous erotic activity.Patrick Swift
Metaphysics — what metaphysics do those trees have?Patrick Swift
The painter celebrates life where he finds it. His morality is the morality of enjoyment, of the continuous development of his own taste without shame or fear. It is a sort of heroism.Patrick Swift