Adam and Eve

$400.00

Completed: April, 2016
Dimensions: 15.5″ x 15.5″
Edition Size: 100 Prints
Paper: Somerset Enhanced 330 GSM
(Archival 100% Cotton-Rag Paper)
Media: Giclee Fine Art Print 

Description


He drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden.
He placed the Cherubim with a flaming sword, which turned every way,
to guard the way to the tree of life.
Taken from Genesis 3:24, at the top left of the image is God’s Cherubim Angel, sword in hand, pointing at a fleeing Adam and Eve. The two run naked from the Angel and out of the Garden Of Eden, a blissful world shown in a kaleidoscope of bright colors and patterns.

John August Swanson’s 2016 giclee, ADAM AND EVE, revisits one of the artist’s earliest paintings from 1969. Enlarged in size and reimagined in vivid colors (brighter and more saturated), the new artwork is enhanced with additional details and embellishments. To protect the image from ultraviolet light, a glossy varnish was printed over the artwork.

 

Because Swanson printed giclee editions in smaller batches, only those printed during his lifetime are signed by the artist. The remaining prints from the edition are made using the same image he created and approved, but with his signature printed where he would have signed them.

 

History Of The Image

ADAM AND EVE- History of the Image
I wanted to keep the original sense of playfulness and movement from my earlier works. The image had made an impression on me.
I wanted to both recapture my initial experience of creating the artwork, and add greater intensity to the work.

 

 

 

 

Various Renditions of
ADAM AND EVE

 


ADAM AND EVE
1969, Sgraffito

This black and white reproduction of my original sgraffito was used on Howard Schwartz’s 1976 book, Midrashim.

 

 


Detail from ECCLESIASTES
1973, Hand Colored Black and White Serigraph

 

 


Detail from ECCLESIASTES
1989, Serigraph

 

 

 

 

 

 


ADAM AND EVE
1969, Sgraffito with Hand-painted embellishments

 


Detail from A VISIT
1995, Serigraph

 


Detail from PROCESSION
2007, Serigraph

 

 

 

 

Progression of the ADAM AND EVE Giclee
4″x5″ Film Transparency to Giclee

 


4″x5″ Film Scan
Nov. 8, 2015

The unaltered scan of the archived film transparency from which the
ADAM AND EVE giclee was created.

 


Early Digital Enhancements
Nov. 23, 2015

The first digital changes that were added to create the giclee edition.

 


ADAM AND EVE
March 25, 2016

The final digital file, completed on
April 6, 2016.


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