Art and Culture The Association has had a historic role in the promotion of art and culture. For many years we have had the privilege of helping represent the art of John August Swanson. Through his generosity, the Association has published posters and cards of his magnificent artwork. The sale of these posters and cards help support the work of the Association.
John August Swanson makes his home in Los Angeles, California, where he was born in 1938. He paints in oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media, and is an independent printmaker of limited edition serigraphs, lithographs and etchings.
His art reflects the strong heritage of storytelling he inherited from his Mexican mother and Swedish father. John Swanson’s narrative is direct and easily understood. He addresses himself to human values, cultural roots and his quest for self-discovery through visual images. These include Bible stories and social celebrations such as attending the circus, the concert and the opera. He also tells of everyday existence, of city and country walks, of visits to the library, the train station or the schoolroom. All his parables optimistically embrace life and one’s spiritual transformation.
Mr. Swanson’s art is represented in the permanent collections of many museums, including three museums of the Smithsonian Institutions: The National Museum of American History, The National Museum of American Art and the National Air and Space Museum. He is also included in the print collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University’s Fogg Museum, the Tate Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museums in London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. His painting, The Procession, is one of relatively few works by contemporary artists to be selected for the Vatican Museum’s Collection of Modern Religious Art.
In addition, the Association through its partnership with El Pueblo Community Development Corporation owns and operates El Pueblo Folk Art and Specialty Gift Store (non-profit) in Pasadena, California. For further information on El Pueblo store please contact (626) 432-4800.