July 8, 2019  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  

—The art exhibit will run through the end of September 2019 at two north ambulatory chapels inside the Cathedral—

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is hosting a special 31-piece exhibition of the artwork of renowned artist, printer and serigrapher John August Swanson, through the end of September during the Cathedral’s hours of operations (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays). 

“On display at the Cathedral is a collection of art from over fifty years of painting and printmaking,” said Swanson. “In my art there are many stories, and they are connected to my Mexican heritage. The images have bright colors and incorporate themes from scripture and other spiritual works. Variations on these themes help viewers see the evolution of my art and the growth of my creativity over the years. This is an opportunity for me to share my gift and greet visitors from communities of culturally and ecumenically diverse people.”

Swanson, who paints in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media, was born in 1938 in Los Angeles, California, to a Mexican mother and a Swedish father. He studied lettering and printmaking at the former Immaculate Heart College. His art is part of many museums’ collections, including The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museums of American History, American Art, and Air and Space, the Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University’s Fogg Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. His painting, “The Procession,” is displayed in the Vatican Museums’ Collection of Modern Religious Art, and his mixed-media painting, “Entry into the City,” is part of the permanent collection of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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