Swampy has long been an enigma in the art world. Like a proper cult-followed figure, his incredible photos of train-hopping across North America are nostalgic and an insight into a new wave of bohemian American that feels more like folklore than a reality. We have seen his works on paper in the past, when they have popped up through Chandran Gallery in various shows. But now on view at the San Francisco gallery is Safe In My Cave, a series of paintings by Swampy that combine both his almost mythical stature and his icons that have been seen across the country for years.

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