August Swinson is a First Nation artist from Scugog Island, Ontario. He works in a variety of styles and uses a mix of hand drawn and computer generated illustrations. August is influenced by the beauty of nature and the classic Canadian landscape, and memories of his childhood living on Scugog Island. His illustrations evoke a sense of fun and something familiar that reminds us of a more innocent age but from a new perspective.
We are thrilled to be offering an original print from August now available in the shop.
To learn more about August, his work and his influences read our Q+A with the artist below. Details about our Instagram giveaway below as well!
TGL: When did you start illustrating and what inspired you to become an artist?
AS: I remember the first drawing that set me on the path towards becoming an artist. It was likely around 1966 and I was looking at (not reading) a paper back novel. The chapters started half way down the page. And I think the chapter was called Indian Summer. So I drew an Indian paddling a canoe on a lake. Fitting. My Aunt and Uncle were in for a visit. My Mother and us 5 siblings lived with our Grandfather, the Chief. My Uncle saw it and showed it to Mom and proclaimed that I was an artist. I was off. My Grandfather was very artistic, in a craftsman sort of way, and I always credit him as my main source of influence.
TGL: What inspires your work these days?
AS: Nature always inspires me. The seasons. Grey, moody days. Downtempo electronic/ambient music.
TGL: What is your approach to your art? What are the tools you use most often?
AS:My main tool is a pencil or pen. I draw. It all starts with a drawing. Sometimes it will turn into a painting, other times it’s a full illustration done on a scrap of paper then scanned and turned into something better on my computer.
TGL: Can you tell us about the cabin print we have for sale.
AS: I have a long love of simple architecture. Modern and simple. A philosophy for life. Do good. Eat clean. Live simply. That’s how I like things. My ideal situation would be a small modern cabin out in the country. Pretty simple.
TGL: Is a connection with nature important to your work?
AS: It is. As a First Nation artist especially. The land is everything. Without sounding like a child of the 60’s, we HAVE to take care of the Earth. The aspect of living simply also comes from how we lived on reserve. We had little. But we had love. And that is something.
Jan 19, 2019
To help celebrate the addition of August’s work in our store we are giving away prints all week long! See contest rules below.
- FOLLOW @thegoodlocal on Instagram
- LIKE our Instagram post
- TAG a friend in SEPARATE COMMENTS (but as many as you wish)
- The winners will be chosen at random and notified by DM throughout the week of Jan 20. Good luck!
*Contest is available to Canadian residents only.