September 24 – October 8
12:00 am

Bellaire Civic Center


As part of the FotoFest 2022 Biennial festival, the City of Bellaire and the Bellaire Culture and Arts Board presents a breathtaking exhibition featuring photographic imagery from artist Paul Swen. Swen’s work is known for deep sensitivity combined with bold and emotional expression that push traditional photography well beyond the expected. The latest compilation features work that highlights natural beauty and the complexity of the interaction of man.  Entwined showcases Swen’s twenty-year intimate relationship with Africa, the wildlife, land, and culture.  The show premiers on September 24, 2022, at the Bellaire Civic Center.  

The featured works are derived from decades of expeditions throughout the wild lands Africa. Each piece will give attendees a strikingly up-close and rarely seen look at threatened species and traditional cultures. Many of the works, some larger than life-sized, will unveil new approaches that marry the living, breathing emotion of the wild with the coolness of industrial, man-made materials. 

 “I have been fortunate enough to witness untamed and unspoiled wilderness and been the benefactor of hospitality of traditional cultures.” Swen states, “I want to share the intimacy and delicate, complicated beauty. Maybe, if we can feel a connection, then we can do more to protect the wilderness and save it for our children to experience and love.” 

Swen is a Texas born artist whose passion for culture and travel has sent him exploring the planet to more than 30 countries, creating imagery and sculptures for galleries, international clientele, and collectors.  His interest in conservation began in earnest in 1998 on his first journey to the savannas of Tanzania. The depth of beauty and struggle became an immediate and continuing source of inspiration. Since that time, he has led numerous expeditions and conservation projects around the globe to explore and protect the cultures and wildlife that he so cherishes.

Friday 9/23 Special Preview  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday 9/24 Grand Opening 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday 9/25 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday 9/26 closed
Tuesday 9/27 by appointment
Wednesday 9/28 by appointment
Thursday 9/29  Special Engagement
Friday 9/30 Bellaire Sip and Stroll 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday 10/1 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 10/2 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday 10/3 closed
Tuesday 10/4 by appointment
Wednesday 10/5 by appointment
Thursday 10/6 by appointment
Friday 10/7 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday 10/8 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Exhibition phone: 713-667-4448