Swainston’s work crosses from print and paper into sculpture and installation. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swainston made his first relief print “Hippopotamus” at age five. He studied art and political science at Hampshire College in Amherst MA, and subsequently lived and worked in Central Europe, pursuing postgraduate studies in political science at Budapest’s Central European University.
He received his MFA from Columbia University in 2006 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. Swainston is a cofounder and master printer of Prints of Darkness, a collaborative printmaking studio in Brooklyn, NY.
He has also worked as a master printer and taught printmaking at Columbia University. He has also taught classes at New Jersey City University and has been a Visiting Artist/Lecturer/Visiting Critic at Rutgers, Tyler, and School of the Art Institute Chicago, California State University at Long Beach, Columbia University, and College of Saint Rose.
Swainston is an alumnus of the Philadelphia art collective Vox Populi. He lives and works in New York City.