Roger Swike (1962-2020) was born in Boston. He began attending Gateway Arts in 1995.
Swike had unique interests and abilities as an artist. During his 25 years at Gateway, he worked often with a pen, paper, and crayons in hand. Swike typically worked on no less than three pieces simultaneously, moving rapidly, looking off to the side and mapping out the composition with his fingers in the air. Basing his work off a grid, Swike envisioned the entire piece before making a single mark. He was fascinated by numbers and created representational colors and images for the ten numerical digits. Swike had an uncanny visual memory and replicated pop cultural icons, as well as television character names and product logos in his artwork. Once pieces were complete, Swike would arrange multiple drawings into a distinct order, creating new compositions.
Swike’s work has been shown nationally and internationally at the Berenberg Gallery in Boston and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA; and at the Outsider Art Fair, the Margaret Bodell Gallery and the Phoenix Gallery in New York. Swike also won a MENCAP award in London, England. Read about Swike on the online journal ‘Disparate Minds’ here.