I first did the GOOD SAMARITAN in 1970, as a crayon scrafitto. It was one of my first attempts at telling a story in pictures; a subject told in a three-panel narrative. Now, after 32 years, and thousands of hours of experimentation and experience in various workshops in London and Southern Califonia, I have returned to this early work, to make a new interpretation of this drawing and the basic narrative theme.
It is remarkable that one can discover many new ideas in an old and familiar story. Sometimes it is necessary to take a long "journey" to rediscover earlier creative ideas that are so personal and connected to one's history. Many artists have returned to and reinterpreted their favorite themes throughout their careerts: Rembrandt, Chagall, Degas, and Picasso, to list a few prminent names.
When viewing my GOOD SAMARITAN, the scenes can be studied as a group sequence, or looked at and thought about individually.
John August Swanson October 25, 2002
An original, hand-printed serigraph published by the artist with collaboration of master printer James F. Butterfield II at Aurora Serigraphic Studio, Van Nuys, California.
Completed October 25, 2002.
Edition Size: 120
Dimensions: Image: 30 1/2" x 10 3/4"
Paper: 37" x 13 3/8"
Paper: Arches Cover, 100% cotton rag, acid free
Colors: 31 colors printed
Detail from Good Samaritan