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SEWARD JOHNSON

Artist Seward Johnson in Times Square seated before his monumental sculpture Embracing Peace. copyright: Embracing Peace by Seward Johnson ©2004, 2005 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. Photo by Carl Deal III.
Artist Seward Johnson, whose lifelike bronze and monumental figures are familiar sights throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, is often hailed in the press as “America’s most popular sculptor.” Johnson began his career as an oil painter. In 1968, he journeyed into the medium of sculpture where he found his true passion – creating a variety of artworks that pay homage to contemporary life, in its most mundane and exquisite details. Johnson is admired for his uncanny ability to create with superb realism and deft humor.

During his over 50 years as a sculptor Johnson has made a significant impact on the landscape, and the world of public art. Today there are more than 300 works in cast bronze featured in public spaces, sculpture gardens, private collections and museums across the globe including in Rome, London, Paris, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Berlin, Madrid, Kiev and Osaka. Johnson’s life-scale bronze tableaux inspired by the Impressionist canvases have graced the parks of Paris, and been featured in museums such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Jacksonville’s Cummer and New York’s Nassau County Museum among others. The pieces from his Icons Revisited series, both life-sized and monumental, have delighted viewers and art lovers in New York, Sydney, Dalian, China, Palm Springs, Chicago and elsewhere. Key among these are the Times Square embracing couple and the head-turning Forever Marilyn which have toured widely. The artist continues to add to each of his series, enlivening and expanding on his message. Johnson’s works invite viewers to examine, as well as celebrate, our essential lifestyles, history, habits and contemporary culture as a whole. His oeuvre is a mirror. One that reflects both the common and the sublime.



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