Religious Art I

October 2016 UPDATE:

IT IS WRITTEN held their 60th Anniversary, it was broadcast on the Hope Channel, and they showed Harry and his art:

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Harry Anderson’s

Religious Art I

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Harry Anderson became a Seventh-day Adventist in 1944, and during his lifetime he did around 300 paintings for the SDA Church — and one of his many paintings of Jesus was most recently featured on the May 9th, 2013 issue of THE ADVENTIST REVIEW Magazine (above).

BELOW: The April 2008 cover of SIGNS…

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The April 2000 cover of SIGNS…

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And here’s a 1967 SIGNS cover by Hary:

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Harry’s 2009 cover of LIBERTY Magazine

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In the 1980’s this was a poster print:

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(Photo by Dennis Crews)

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The lobby at the General Conference Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a display of Harry’s art…

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In 1985 I visited the Review & Herald Publishing offices, this was the Art Library Room back then…

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The storage room was full of Harry’s framed paintings back in 1985…

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Harry’s Art Desk

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When I visited Harry in 1986 I asked him to autograph some of my favorites…

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“What Happened to Your Hand?”

This was Harry’s very 1st painting of Jesus, and it was done in 1945 soon after Harry joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church — this painting was very controversial in that it was also the very first time that Jesus was pictured in a modern-day setting.  Harry said it took him 7 tries until he got Jesus’ face “just right”…

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Harry and his wife Ruth with“What Happened to Your Hand?”

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When I visited the R&H in 1985 they had the original displayed on this wall…

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Years ago this painting was water-damaged in a fire when the water seeped in around all 4 sides of the frame and “blurred/smeared” the art — only the center area with Jesus and the young girl was untouched — when Harry was asked if he could fix it and repaint it he said, “No.”

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Harry also did this painting in 1945…

This was an ad that featured Spencer Tracy as a pilot — with a young girl sitting on his lap, and a young boy holding a model airplane… very similar to “What Happened to Your Hand?” — both were painted in 1945!

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More things that Harry signed for me…

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Harry’s un-used preliminary study of Jesus holding the world:

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A few years later in 1989 I did the title lettering for one of Harry’s really nice book covers…

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In 1999 AMAZING FACTS did this cover collage of Harry’s art:

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Harry’s Colporteur Angel

Back in 1985 I found a b&w print of this one…

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… and in July 2013 Lars Justinen sent me a **COLOR** scan of it!!

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Wonderful illustrations, beautiful art…

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“Discovery” Poster Print

Do you see the face of Jesus in nature around us?…

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The above painting “cropped” as a booklet cover:

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Harry’s photo reference for this painting (provided by Lars Justinen):

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Harry’s beautiful guardian angel painting was also made into a jigsaw puzzle:

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Two Versions of “Go Unto the World”

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Above: The 1940’s version

Below: The 1960’s version (notice the different dress on the lady)…

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Harry’s Mural at a school in Takoma Park, Maryland

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Harry’s reference photo for this painting (provided by Lars Justinen):

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Another version of this painting as a jigsaw puzzle:

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New Find:  An Old Poster!

Located in November 2015

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Hospital Lobby Mural

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A man viewing this wonderful large painting:

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Harry’s cover art on The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan

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Harry’s famous “Prince of Peace” United Nations painting:

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Back in 1994 this tabloid paper used it to “fake” this cover…

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 And here is Harry Anderson’s lesser-known 2nd version of Jesus at the U.N.:

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Mary and the Baby Jesus

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Roland Hegstad told me his wife posed for this painting — and it was Roland Hegstad who drove me up to the Review & Herald Publishing House in 1985 so I could meet the people and see Harry’s art on the walls…

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My drawing done from Harry’s painting…

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The Prodigal Son

For years all I ever saw was this black & white version of this painting…

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… then I finally saw it in full color!

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Adam in the Garden of Eden

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Me in 1985 with this original….

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(Reference photo provided by Lars Justinen)

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Harry’s Paintings dealing with the Black History of the SDA Church

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Ad for Highways to Learning

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Ad for Highways to Happiness:

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A Poster Ad for a 2002 Art Contest:

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The painting from which this art of Ellen White came from:

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It’s been a real joy collecting Harry Anderson’s art.

I began in 1984, and now it’s 2016…

I’ve been at it for 30+ years!

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I Still “Need” These

I’m still looking for better prints or scans of these Harry Anderson illustrations… if anyone out there can help me, please contact me!

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(MORE TO COME)