Atelier Frances Swigart has been a source for me as a designer, an architect, and a collector for 40 years. I create original work, both prints and paintings. I print and sign each limited edition. These are traditional intaglio and relief prints, not reproductions. Most are on handmade paper, often water colored. My paintings are oil on gold and silver, and copper leaf on wood.
Frances Swigart is a New Orleans artist living and working in the East Carrollton neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Elegant, Timeless, Archival
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
New Orleans is where people of different concepts meet. These meetings create energy without formulas. The City supports creativity as it nurtures individuality.
My home is in the French Quarter. I enjoy walking and absorbing the sights and sounds of my neighborhood and the Mississippi River.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
Each piece does have a rite of passage, a journey.
With tools and materials that are familiar to me, I challenge myself to create a new path to a yet uncreated place. I start impulsively. Soon, resolutions start appearing. What I judged unacceptable, resolves itself into something satisfactory.
It is like the mythical journey into the underworld. The work speaks to me and brings me to the other side.
Where do you draw inspiration?
From great artistic masters such as Rembrandt.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
Sadie Irvine and Jim Steg, both academic mentors.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Classic, Jazz, Blues
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Walking the river near the Quarter, sitting in the sunshine, or gardening (“earthing”) in my patio with my cat.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I like to sing.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
Alexa Hotel, New Orleans
Chateau Dupre Hotel, New Orleans
Grand Casino Coushatta Hotel, New Orleans
Historic French Market Inn, New Orleans
Hyatt Regency, New Orleans
Hilton Hotel, New Orleans
Hilton Hotel, Baton Rouge
Hilton Hotel, Biloxi
Hilton Hotel, Atlanta
Hilton Hotel, Hot Springs
Le Pavilion Hotel, New Orleans
Maison Dupuy, New Orleans
Ochsner Foundation’s Brent House, New Orleans
Omni Royal Orleans, New Orleans
Omni Royal Crescent, New Orleans
Parc St Charles, New Orleans
Pelham, New Orleans
Provincial Hotel, New Orleans
Queen and Crescent, New Orleans
Queen and Crescent Annex, New Orleans
Ritz Carlton (Maison Orleans), New Orleans
Royal St Charles, New Orleans
Sheraton, New Orleans
Wyndham Whitney, New Orleans
Wyndham, (Metairie) Greater New Orleans
Belle of New Orleans, New Orleans
Boom Town Casino, Greater New Orleans
Silver Star Casino, Philadelphia, MS
Hibernia Bank, New Orleans
Whitney Banks, New Orleans and Houston