My inspiration for this piece in a series of floral landscapes, is the contrast of a bucolic and dreamy sepia landscape with a colorful and vibrant flower foreground. This is painted on a birch panel in many transparent layers of acrylic paint that allows portions of the grain to show through.

- Johnny Karwan

Magnolia Landscape

Acrylic painting on wood
Stained wood edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on front and back

24" h x 18" w x 1.5" d
3 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.