In connection with the exhibit, Mr. Swanson will display
his recent posters, and one framed artwork will be
offerred for auction, with proceeds to benefit the
Partnership for Re-Entry Program.
fINdings Art Center
Generation to Generation
Beginning September 3rd and lasting through October 1st, fINdings Art Center will exhibit artwork
created by the students (and the students of her students)
of Corita Kent. Among the exhibited works will be
John August Swanson's 1984 PRODIGAL SON with
hand-painted remarquee embelishment.
The exhibition is free and open to the public every Friday and Saturday,
10:00 am - 5:00pm, and by appointment at:
fINDings Art Center
470 W 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
John August Swanson: Passion of Color
Alan Garfield (Director of the Bisignano Gallery) with Janaan Manternach
The University of Dubuque is exhibiting selected pieces from Janaan Manternach's collection of John August Swanson artworks.
University of Dubuque Bisignano Art Gallery 2000 University Ave Dubuque, IA 52001
The exhibition will be on display
Aug. 24 – Sep. 25, 2015, Noon to 5:30 p.m., Mon-Fri A reception will be held on Saturday, September 26th, featuring a talk given by Janaan Manternach in the Babka Theatre.
Excerpt from the Passion of Color, an essay by Alan Garfield:
There is quite a bit to like in the serigraphs of John August Swanson. The color is mesmerizing, with deep and rich hues based upon rainbows but acting more like
the purity of cans of paint. The title of this show addresses that immediate experience,
the passion of color. For like stained glass windows, these images seem to have a light
and life all their own.Why this is seems clear from a technical standpoint. Just read in
this catalog what Mr. Swanson says about how he creates his paintings and then
laboriously translates them into these serigraphs. These images are a tour de force of color, design and complex composition. But without a doubt, their origin is equally based upon the artist’s commitment to story-telling, and it is this aspect that I wish to explore. . .
WASHING OF THE FEET II Wall Mural
at Christ Cathedral
Garden Grove, CA
On July 19, 2015, Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA opened their Chapel of Unity and Reconciliation
which features an 11' x 15' wall mural of John August Swanson's
WASHING OF THE FEET II.
The Chapel of Unity and Reconciliation is open to the public,
and is located on the third floor of the Christ Cathedral Cultural Center.
The original, 23” x 29½”, acrylic painting from 1999 was scanned by ArtScans Studio in Los Angeles at 512dpi.
The image file was then further digitally enhanced at the John August Swanson Studio under the artist’s own supervision
before it was sent to Photomation in Anaheim for final adjustments and printing.
All sample printings of the work were inspected by John August Swanson,
and, on June 29, 2015, the artist was present for the hanging and installation of the artwork.
Photos Of Washing Of The Feet II Wall Mural Installation
Below are photos taken of the Washing Of The Feet II wall mural installation done for Christ Cathedral in Orange County on June 29, 2015.
Original computer mock-up
of the chapel mural.
Photomation representative prepares area for installation
Area is prepared
and ready for installation
Artwork was printed on
four vertical vinyl wall
John August Swanson unfurls test print with hand painting to compare to the final printing
All bumps are removed from the wall, so the artwork can adhere to a smooth surface
Wallpaper adhesive is opened and the rolling brush is prepared
Wallpaper adhesive is applied
to the vinyl strips
Vinyl strips are
folded and rolled,
so the applied adhesive
does not touch the image
The first vinyl strip is positioned.
It is pressed and smoothed
onto the wall.
smooths and aligns
the edges of the first
and second vinyl strips.
John August Swanson looks over the edge alignment of the first and second strips
John August Swanson
talks about the installation,
as Photomation installer prepares
the third vinyl strip
The installer aligns the second and third strips,
as Swanson looks over the installation
3/4 Of the wall mural
Swanson looks over
an area to be corrected
Swanson mixing paint
Swanson adds white
to a figure's eyes
Swanson thanks the installer from Photomation for a job well done
John August Swanson
with project collaborators;
Sr. Jo Ann Tabor, Sr. Mary Therese Sweeney, and Annette Walker
John August Swanson
with completed mural
The theme of this artwork encourages us to show true humility of spirit, and love for all.
It gives us a beautiful guide for our lives. We are called to treat all with respect, and to serve our community.
True leaders are those who are called to serve.
The Poster Art
of John August Swanson
at Boston University
Boston Universtiy is currently presenting a display of the poster art of John August Swanson
in their Community Center at:
745 Commonwealth Ave
Boston MA 02215.
The posters will be on display until May 15, 2015,
and the exhibit is open for viewing from 8:30am until 5:00pm.
For more information contact Kara Jackman at Boston University at 617-353-1323
Richard and Helen DeVos Collection
The Art Of John August Swanson
In association with Eyekons Chruch Image Bank, the Helen and Richard DeVos Collection of twenty-three
original John August Swanson artworks will be on shown at the Acton Institute For The Study of Religion and Liberty.
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
The exhibit of works will be on display January 12 – May 15, 2015, Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm.
Who Is My Neighbor?
Friday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Grand Rapids, Michigan
John August Swanson will be attending the Who Is My Neighbor? conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 26th and 27th. Two large collections of his artwork (The De Vos Collection and the Bergsma Collection) will be exhibited, and Mr. Swanson will participate in several panel discussions and presentations. The full schedule is available at this link. Registration for the event is open and can be completed, here. For more information, please call: 616-235-2929.
The Lenten Artworks Of John August Swanson
March, 2014 -- Sunday, April 27th, 2014
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica
First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica will be exhibiting
a special display of John August Swanson's Lenten artworks in their sanctuary
now through Sunday, April 27th.
On Palm Sunday, April 13th, the artist will be in attendance between noon and 3pm.
He will give a talk beginning at 1pm. This event will be free and open to the public.