Ingo Swann (American, born 1933)

    Sun Center
    Oil on canvas
    Signed lower right: Ingo Swann, 1975
    68 x 68 inches (172.7 x 172.7 cm)

    Ingo Swann has an amazing insight into the cosmos, so thrilling and compelling that United States intelligence agencies commissioned him to conduct what later came to be known as 'remote viewing' experiments at the Stanford Research Center, with amazingly accurate results. 'Remote viewing' is a technique where a person tries to project his consciousness into another place to see, but not participate in, the environment. Images such as Sun Center, a work completed by Swann in 1975, is controversial yet alive with possibilities for the art world. Indeed in one experiment on April 27, 1973, Swann remotely viewed the planet Jupiter and saw that it, like Venus, was surrounded by rings, a highly controversial theory which later proved to be true upon the visit of the Voyager Space Probe in 1979.

    Swan has successfully transferred his mental notes onto canvas with his series of mind-bending works such as Sun Center and others. With degrees in biology and art from Westminster College, he tackled the parapsychology field head-on starting in 1969 when he was 36 years old. His naturally introspective art sprang from his experiences in science and are full of color, motion and a dazzling array of light. In Sun Center, the viewer is engulfed in the swirling mass of what Swann sees literally at the center of our solar system. Intensely hypnotic in his use of the color palette, Swann has placed the burst of energy upon the backdrop of black space to create a vivid, vibrating image.

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