THE ASCENT- Image History
John August Swanson’s 2014 artwork, THE ASCENT, is based on a continuing theme that has reappeared many times throughout his artwork.
The theme of the Dream of Jacob, first appeared in the artist’s drawings in 1969.
In 1970, he completed a painting on the subject, which was then used four years later as the primary idea for a serigraph edition.
In 1974, the first edition of silk-screen prints on the theme was completed.
Ten years later, in 1984, John August Swanson again returned to the theme for a new painting.
After completing that work, in order to make it more available, in 1986 he recreated the artwork as a hand-printed serigraph edition.
In February, 2001, he combined the Dream of Jacob with his love of the circus, and with the idea of the wise fool, and published his serigraph,