My inspirations for this series of 'Garden of Eden' plentiful fruit images are the expression of abundance in color, form and composition, and the idea of gratitude for nature's abundant gifts. Painted on a birch panel in many layers of transparent acrylic that gives a unique finish and allows in some areas for the particular grain of the wood to reveal itself.

- Johnny Karwan


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

Signed on front and back

36" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
6 lbs. 7 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.