|Loaves and Fishes|
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. His colors are bold and magical. He addresses himself to human values, cultural roots, and his quest for self-discovery through visual images. He loves Bible stories but also tells of everyday life. All his parables "optimistically embrace life and one’s spiritual transformation."
His art is in no way "naïve." It is detailed, complex, and elaborate. Unlike many contemporary artists, John Swanson works directly on all phases in producing his original prints. His serigraphs have from 40 to 89 colors printed, using transparent and opaque inks creating rich and detailed imagery. For each color printed the artist must draw a stencil on Mylar film. This stencil is transferred to the silk screen for printing the color ink on the serigraph edition. The resulting serigraph is a matrix of richly overlaid colors visually striking and technically masterful.
John Swanson’s art is represented in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including three museums of the Smithsonian Institution. His painting THE PROCESSION is one of relatively few works by contemporary artists to be selected for the Vatican Museums’ Collection of Modern Religious Art.