About the Collection
The John August Swanson (1938-2021) Collection archives his Studio's digital files used to document his artworks--in production and completed--and to manage his Studio. Swanson, a pre-med student at Loyola University 1957-1959, began working as a painter and print-maker after a night course (Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles) on lettering, taught by Sr. Corita Kent in 1967. His early works were rudimentary drawings and single color prints. For 53 years, he refined and expanded his technique, creating increasingly intricate and technically demanding artworks, including his 2007 serigraph (i.e. silk-screen print), The Procession, which featured 89 hand-printed colors. The narrative focus of Swanson's artwork shows through whether his subject is a Biblical story, a stage performance, or a cityscape. Swanson's artworks are now in the permanent collections of the Loyola Marymount University Library, The Vatican, The Tate Modern, The Smithsonian, and many other institutions and private collections.