Johnny Karwan's paintings are mainly inspired by nature and natural elements that are familiar and comforting. This piece is part of an ongoing series referencing the Garden of Eden. It was created in layers of transparent acrylic paint in a palette of fresh greens with a subtle background of turquoise and light cobalt blues. "This piece evokes the peaceful feeling of being in nature and an exotic, colorful, pure and bountiful paradise," says Johnny.

- Johnny Karwan

Back to Eden

Acrylic painting on wood
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

36" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
10 lbs. 6 oz.



Johnny Karwan
San Francisco, California

Getting to Know Johnny

Johnny Karwan’s body of work is best described as stylized realism on birch panel. The wood grain shows through in each composition, which somehow feels simultaneously traditional and surreal. “The texture and grain of the wood that shows through the transparent layers of paint, makes its own statement in a way, as the fingerprint of its natural origins that persist beyond the transformation from tree to painted surface,” says the artist. Johnny is inspired by natural history and objects of the past, which contributes a vintage feel to the work. Johnny’s studio is based in his 1904 Edwardian flat in the historic Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco.