John Howard Sanden

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John Howard Sanden
American Portrait Painter
First Lady Laura Bush portrait.jpg
Official Portrait of First Lady Laura Bush, donated to the White House
Born 1935
Austin, Texas
Education Minneaoplis School of Art
Occupation Portrait Painter, Illustrator, Designer, Artist,
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Sanden
  • Jonathan Sanden,
  • Pamela (Sanden) McMahon
  • Rev. O.E. Sanden,
  • Carolyn Sanden

John Howard Sanden (born 1935 in Austin, Texas) is an American portrait artist.


Early life[edit]

He graduated from the Minneapolis School of Art in 1956 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration.[1]


He was the Art Director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association from 1955 to 1970. He founded the Portrait Institute. He was also an instructor at The Art Students League of New York.

For thirty-three years, he had studios on the eleventh and then tenth floors of the South Studio Tower of Carnegie Hall, New York City and Ridgefield, Connecticut.

On May 31, 2012, his official White House portraits of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were unveiled.[2][3][4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Alumni Careers - John Howard Sanden, ’56, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Accessed 2013-12-04.
  2. ^ "Wise-cracking George W Bush likes presidential portrait". BBC News. May 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hanging George Bush". The New York Sun. May 31, 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Ridgefield artist paints official Bush portraits". The New Times. Hearst Media Services Connecticut. June 4, 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-04.