Born in Australia, 1974
lives & works in Los Angeles, California


1993 - 1997 Bachelor of Fine Art, Major: Drawing, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


/SKEWS/, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Ricky Swallow, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Ricky Swallow, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

Lesley Vance & Ricky Swallow, The Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, California
Ricky Swallow, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles
Ricky Swallow, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Independent Art Fair, New York
Ricky Swallow, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London 

The Bricoleur, Curated by Alex Baker- Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, National Gallery Of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Watercolors, Curated by Steven Alderton, UQ Art Museum, The University Of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia & Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch, New Zealand

Marc Foxx, West Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
The Suburban, Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Ricky Swallow, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Younger than Yesterday, Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Ricky Swallow, PS1/MoMA, New York 
Long Time Gone, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
The Past Sure Is Tense, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Ricky Swallow, This time another year, Australian Pavilion, 2005 Venice Biennale

Killing Time, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
Killing Time, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne

Field Recordings, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Tomorrow in Common, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York
Wooden Problem, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, California
A Sculpture Now, First Floor Artists and Writers Space, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

For those who came in late: Matrix 191 Project, University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California

Plastruct, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Unplugged, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Ricky Swallow: Above Ground Sculpture, Project Room, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, December 16, 2000 - March 4, 

Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Individual Ape, Hot Rod Tearoom, Oslo, Norway

The Multistylus Programme, Studio 12, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne, Australia

Repo Man, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia

The Lighter Side of the Dark Side, Grey Area Art Space, Inc., Melbourne, Australia
Small World, Teststrip, Auckland, New Zealand


Theories of Modern Art, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, England

Blind Architecture, curated by Douglas Fogle, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Spring 1883, organized by Darren Knight Gallery, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Business in Front b/w Blue White Red, organized by Three Day Weekend, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Other Planes of There, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL

The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House, Pasadena, CA
Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA *forthcoming
Quiz: Sur une idee de Robert Stadler, Ensemble Poirel–Nancy, Paris, France
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

A Personal Choice, Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy
Future Primitive, Heide Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia
Everyday, Murray White Room, Melbourne, Australia
Grapevine~ Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Micheal Frimkess, John Mason, Ron Nagle, Peter Shire, curated by Ricky Swallow, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Ten Years, Wallspace, New York, NY
Mind is Outer Space, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY
Labour and Wait, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Coconut Water, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO
Notes on Neo-Camp, curated by Chris Sharp, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium; Studio Voltaire, London, UK
A Handful of Dust, curated by Laura Fried, Santa Barbara Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Against the Grain, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY

To Hope, To Tremble, To Live: Modern and Contemporary Works from the David Roberts Collection, The Hepworth Wakefield, UK
Pale Ontology, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, California
The Mystery Trend, Wallspace, New York
Parallel Collisions, 2012 Biennial of Australia Art, Art Gallery of South Australia
Construct, Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

I Do This, I Do That-Joe Bradley & Ricky Swallow-curated by Matt Connors, The Taut and The Tame, Berlin, Germany
10 Ways To Look At The Past, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Sculptors Drawing-The Aspen Art Museum,  Colorado, USA
Almanac, The Gift Of Ann Lewis AO, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Out Of Australia-The British Museum, London

Mythologies, Haunch Of Venison, London, UK

Lost & Found, An Archeology Of The Present, Tarrawarra Biennial 2008, curated by Charlotte Day, Tarrawarra Museum Of Art, Melbourne, Australia
The Ecologies Project, Monash University Museum Of Art, Melbourne, Australia
Imaginary Thing, curated by Peter Eeley, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Co

Effigies, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
Makers and Modelers, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Sculpture, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida, USA
Goth: Reality of the Departed World, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan
Sculptors Drawing, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA
Summer exhibition, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
Reboot-The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand

Getting Emotional, The Institute of Contemporary Art, ICA, Boston

Strange Weather, Modern Art, London
Living Together is Easy, Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
The Ten Commandments, Curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden

Still Life, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Variations on the Theme of Illusion, Emily Tsingou Gallery, London
Guided By Heros, Curated by Raf Simons, Z33, Hasselt, Belgium
The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes, Curated by Raf Simons and Francesco Bonami, Stazione Leopolda, Florence, Italy

Remix, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England

Casino 2001, SMAK, Gent, Belgium
Good Work, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
Swallow Swenson, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
Utopia / ROR, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany

Keith Edmier, Ricky Swallow, Erick Swenson, Andrea Rosen Gallery,
New York
Uncommon World, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Brand New Master Copy, UKS Gallery, Oslo, Norway
Rent, Overgaden Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

Contempora 5, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia
Signs Of Life, Melbourne International Biennial, Melbourne, Australia
Walkmen, with David Jolly and David Noonan, Synaesthesia Music Store, Melbourne

Rubik 3 Video vs Watercolor, 36 Wellington St, Collingwood, Melbourne
Hobby Core, Curated by Ricky Swallow, Stripp Gallery, Melbourne
All This And Heaven Too, Adelaide Biennial Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia

Diorama, Curated by Charlotte Day, 200 Gertrude Street Gallery, Melbourne
Gathering, Curated by Ricky Swallow, Platform 2, Melbourne


Ollman, Leah, "Ricky Swallow sculpture: Where zero plus zero equals eight," Los Angeles Times, September 2015
Greenberg, Kevin, "Ricky Swallow," The Last Magazine, March 2015

Swallow, Ricky, "Robert Terrien 'No Title (1984)'," Frieze Masters, 2014, p. 103
Lawson, Thomas, "Open City: Thomas Lawson on Made in LA 2014," Artforum, October 2014, p. 117
Griffin, Jonathan, "The New Dealer", T: The New York Times Style Magazine, September 14, p. 124-128
Farago, Jason, "Review: Whitney Biennial 2014", Frieze, No. 164 June July August issue, p. 190-191
Finkel, Jori, "Biennial's Bright Young Things, Ages 77 and 84," New York Times, July 16, 2014, p. C4
Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte (Jen Hutton) Made In LA 2014, pp. 146-151, Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles
Ollman, Leah, "Ricky Swallow in the Studio," Art in America, May 2014, pp. 148-157
Whitney Biennial 2014, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, "John Mason speaks with Ricky Swallow" and "Ricky Swallow speaks with Matt Connors"

Milne, Robert, Los Angeles Wednesday, The Blackmail, Offline, Issue #2, 2013
Holte, Michael Ned, Best of 2013, Artforum, December 2013
Smith, Roberta, Art Review: Mind is Outer Space, New York Times, July 25, 2013
Pym, William, Julian Dashper & Ricky Swallow, Art Asia Pacific, May/June 2013, Issue 83
Julie Joyce, Britt Salvesen, Glenn Adamson, and William Gibson, Labour & Wait, exhibition catalog, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Smith, Roberta, Art Review: The Mystery Trend, New York Times, July 26, 2012
Sharp, Chris, Camp + Dandyism = neo Camp?, Kaleidoscope, Issue 14, Spring 2012

Ollman Leah, Art Review, Ricky Swallow, Marc Foxx, LA Times, Dec 8th, 2011
Bryt, Anthony, Ricky Swallow/Stuart Shave Modern Art-review-ARTFORUM, May 2011
Swallow, Ricky, 500 Words for ARTFORUM.COM

Themsen Kjaer, Maria, The Afterlife Of Dead Wood, FAT magazine, issue A, Denmark
Gavin, Francesca, Hell Bound, New Gothic Art, Laurence King Publishers, London
Matt Gerald, Interviews, Kunsthalle Wien, Walther Konig Publishers Koln, 2008
Grabner, Michelle, Makers and Modelers: Works in Ceramic at Gladstone Gallery, New York, X-tra, Volume 10, No. 3

Collins, Judith, Sculpture Today, Phaidon Press Ltd, London 2007
Kimura, Eriko, Goth, Yokohama Museum Of Art, Sangensha Publishers Inc, Tokyo, Japan
Bywater, Jon- Matt, Gerald, Ricky Swallow, Younger Than Yesterday, Kunsthalle Wien, 2007
Tufnell, Rob. Ritual de lo Habitual, Ricky Swallow, Douglas Hyde Gallery Catalogue, Dublin, Ireland
Zuckerman Jacobson. Heidi, Sculptors and Drawing, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen Art Press, Colorado, USA
Mesdon, Randall. Exit Magazine, vol 2, number 2, London, UK
Schmidt, Jason. Artists, Edition 7L, Paris, France
Robertson, Rowena. Poster Magazine No 14, Melbourne, Australia
Dunne, Aidan. Ricky Swallow, The Irish Times, May 30

Johnson, Ken. Art in Review, Ricky Swallow, PS-1, The New York Times, February 21

Higgie, Jennifer. The past sure is tense, Ricky Swallow, Venice Biennale Catalogue, Australia Council for the Arts
Day, Charlotte. Interview with Ricky Swallow, (ibid)
Nicholson, Tom. Remembering new eternal cities,(ibid)
Vance, Lesley. Interview with Ricky Swallow, North Drive Press, NDP 2, New York,
Stewart, Christabel. depth in Venice, TANK, vol 4, issue 2, London
Noraika, Chris. Ricky Swallow,  Frog Magazine, Paris, France
Conway Morris, Roderick. Pushing Boundaries at Venice Biennale, International Herald Tribune, 14th June
Herbert, Martin. Bone Idol, Modern Painters, May
Dawne, Tony. The best art jamboree in the world, The Times, June 23
Brooks, Richard. A beginner’s guide to the Biennale, Culture - The Sunday Times, June 19
Wullschlaher, Jackie. Old and new in the city of pageantry, Financial Times, June 15
Sooke, Alastair. Ten Hot Biennale Artists, The Daily Telegraph,June 4
Next Big Thing-Chiselled Features, The Sunday Times Magazine, March 20
Bertoli, Damiano. The Sounds of Silence, Artlink, Vol 25, No 1,

Fitzerald, Michael. Still life at high speed, Time, September 20

Paton, Justin. The Was and May, Art Monthly Australia, March 2003

Johnson, Ken. Art in Review, The New York Times, Friday September 20, 2002
Wallis, Simon. Remix catalogue, TATE Liverpool, Artist‚ Entries, p. 72-73
Myers, R, Terry. Wooden Problem, review, Contemporary Magazine, September 2002

Kent, Rachel. Classical Contemporary, Swallow Swenson, catalogue text, MCA,Sydney, Australia
Zoo 10, 09 2001, Artist profile, p. 156,157, London
Zuckerman Jacobson, Heidi. Ricky Swallow, Matrix Gallery, Berkeley 2001
Palmer, Daniel. Shadow Play, Frieze, Issue 58
Brae, Marah. The Voyeur Awakes, Art and Australia, April 2001
Paton, Justin. The Recreation Room, catalogue text, Above Ground Sculpture, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2001

Koestenbaum, Wayne. Commodity Fetishism in Sculpture, Artforum, Best of 2000
Fenner, Felicity. New Life In Melbourne, Art in America, January, p. 74-77
Walaker, Jan. Monkey Business, Interview and artist pages, Hot Rod Issue 6,
Oslo, Norway
Krister, Bo. Brand New Master Copy, catalogue intro, UKS Gallery, Oslo, Norway

Colless, Edward. The World Ends When Its Parts Wear Out, Memory Made Plastic, Ricky Swallow, 1999
Nicholson, Tom. Contempora 5 catalogue, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne
Palmer, Daniel. Review. Walkmen, Frieze, no 46, May 1999

McDonald, Ewen. All this and Heaven Too, Art & Australia vol 36, 1998
Engberg, Juliana. No radio, Art and Text, August, October 1998



Ricky Swallow: Bronzes, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney


Lesley Vance & Ricky Swallow at The Huntington, exhibition catalogue, The Huntington Art Galleries, San Marino, California


Ricky Swallow, Watercolours, exhibition catalogue, UQ Art Museum, University Of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


Ricky Swallow, exhibition catalogue, Younger than Yesterday, Project space, Kunsthalle Vienna
Ricky Swallow, exhibition catalogue, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

The Past Sure Is Tense, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

This Time Another Year, exhibition catalogue, Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale
Ricky Swallow, Field Recordings, Craftman House through Thames and Hudson, Victoria, Australia

Above Ground Sculpture, exhibition brochure, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
For those who came in late: Matrix 191 Project, Gallery Brochure. University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California

Memory Made Plastic, Artist Book Published in collaboration with Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, Australia