The Art of John August Swanson

Psalm 85, serigraph, John August Swanson

All images are the copyrighted material of John August Swanson.

Candler School of Theology is the proud owner of the largest collection of artwork by John August Swanson in the world. Swanson’s folk-art is featured in museums and galleries around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Modern gallery in London, the Vatican Museums and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.

Swanson’s work is highly colorful and detailed, often depicting biblical themes, alongside scenes of circuses and celebrations, as well as clowns, tricksters, and jesters. Please join us March 24-26 to hear Swanson talk about his art and the creative process, lead worship with Dr. Don Saliers, Candler emeritus professor of liturgical theology, and for an evening reception. (Swanson’s schedule of events is here) If you cannot make it to Candler for the festivities, do stop by the building and wander around all five floors of Swanson’s art.

Above is a video of Dr. Jan Love, Dean of Candler, talking about the recently acquired John August Swanson collection. (RealPlayer required.)

Below are some of his most beautiful serigraphs. All images are the copyrighted material of John August Swanson. Enjoy!

Procession, serigraph, John August Swanson

The Jester, serigraph, John August Swanson

Loaves and Fishes, serigraph, John August Swanson

Wedding Feast, serigraph, John August Swanson

Star Clown, serigraph, John August Swanson


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