Born 1957 in Newmarket, Ontario.
He is both a singer, songwriter and a visual artist.
He has released 13 albums of original songs, appeared as a studio musician on 100 CD’s. And composed music for film and television. In 1990, his band was chosen to represent Canada at the New Music Seminar in New York City.
He has created designs and graphics for music videos, album covers, television commercials, computer animation, stage sets & wardrobe, tee shirts, and dance club murals. He is represented in the Canada Council Art Bank.
In the 1980’s he was active in the Niagara Artist’s Centre in St. Catherines, Ontario participating in solo and group shows. In 1985, he did a mural for the Nutz & Boltz disco in Toronto, followed by a mural at the Dance Cave. In 1986, he had a show of large works at the Trenton University Art Gallery in Peterborough Ontario. He became involved in the “neo-primitive” graphic style which became part of the visual signature of Toronto’s Queen Street West scene. Over five years, he created fund raising tee shirts and posters for the community radio station CKLN. He designed the Canada Booth at the New Music Seminar in New York and the CASBY award logo and set design for CFNY-FM.
He has worked with many music groups. For the Shuffle Demons, he designed and illustrated album covers, art directed videos, and designed their stage costumes. For Maestro Fresh Wes, he art directed the videos Let Your Backbone Slide and Drop The Needle which won both Juno and Much Music Awards. He animated the video for Buffy Sainte-Marie’s song The War Racket.
And, of course, he illustrated the Stompin’ Tom Connors lyric book below.
He has continued his fine art pursuits being represented by I Nabstracto in Toronto and True North Gallery in Waterdown.
BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC:
Content lyrics & Cover book front:
My Stompin’ Grounds and four other songs. Writ., Tom Connors. Doubleday Canada, 1992.
My Stompin’ Grounds…. Doubleday Canada, 1992: “Kurt Swinghammer”: Back cover.
‘Kurt Swinghammer”. Wikipedia the free encyclopedia, 20 Feb. 2019. Accessed 9, July 2019.
“Kurt Swinghammer”. Writ., Sean Carruthers. Allmusic. www.allmusic.com/artist/kurt-swinghammer. Accessed 9 July 2019.
My Stompin’ Grounds and four other songs. 1992: Front cover.