Wednesday, January 23, 2019

St. Martin's SAGES to Candler School of Theology

SAGES
(Socially Active Growing Engaged Seniors)
January 23, 2019

A  tour of  the extensive John Swanson art collection at the Candler School of Theology the morning of Wednesday, January 23.  Mother Amy had introduced us to Swanson's works in one of the Sunday School classes during Advent. Swanson has displays in several prestigious venues, including the Smithsonian's National Museum, the Vatican Museum Collection of Religious Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and London's Tate Gallery

Members of the SAGE's posing in front of some of John Swanson paints along with our tour guide Claire

About the Artist

JOHN AUGUST SWANSON born in 1938 in Los Angeles, California, paints in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media, and is an independent printmaker of limited edition serigraphs, lithographs, etchings, and other prints.

Since 1969, his art has reflected his strong heritage of storytelling, inherited from his Mexican mother and Swedish father. John Swanson’s narratives are direct and easily understood. He addresses himself to human values, cultural roots, and the quest for self-discovery through visual images. These include: Bible stories and social celebrations, such as attending circuses, concerts, and operas. His parables optimistically embrace life and one’s spiritual transformation.

(Click here for more information about John Swanson)

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Some of John Swanson's Paintings on Display

(These photos were downloaded from John Swanson's website. All the photos are under his copyright)

The Story of Prodigal Son


The Last Supper



The Good Samaritan


The Visit by the Angel to Mary


Psalm 23


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The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple


Loaves and Fishes






Daniel in the Lion's Den





About our tour of the paintings of John Swanson displayed at the Candler School of Theology.

I was "blown away" by these amazing paintings. Each painting tells the story of events from the Old Testament and from the Gospels in the New Testament, depicting notable events of in the life and ministry of Jesus, from his birth in a stable to his crucifixion on the cross.
--Bill Monk

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