For JOHN SVENSON the title of artist has multiple subtitles: State of Alaska exhibit specialist; Alaska State Museum illustrator and photographer; Alaska State Fish & Game mountaineering surveyor, to name a few. Bound to tackle a spectrum of artistic disciplines, in the mid-sixties he immersed himself in the California watercolor movement, studying under Robert E. Wood and Milford Zomes.
He went on to study wood carving, serigraph and block printing at Alaska Indian Arts in Haines, and later, glassblowing and flamework at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. Although watercolor remains John’s primary medium, the manipulation of molten glass has captured his imagination. He is known for his unique “Remote Memory” beads in which he encases small rocks from the world’s 7 highest summits and “Afterthoughts” beads that encase cremation ashes in glass.
John’s artworks are in many private collections and in public institutions including The Alaska State Museum and the Japanese Embassy.
John has created covers and illustrated dozens of publications including Sea Kayaker, Climbing, and The Climbing Art magazines; Lonely Planet, American Alpine Journal, and The Great Alaska.
His murals are in public institutions in Haines, Juneau, and Cabo San Lucas Baja, Mexico: at the Alaska Bald Eagle Foundation, Alaska State Ferry Terminal, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau.