The Norman Rockwell of American Sculpture –
J. Seward Johnson Jr., American realist
“Realism has the capacity to reach everyone; there is no age barrier, no culture barrier. As the breadth of communication expands, so does the potency of a particular work.” J. Seward Johnson Jr.
J. Seward Johnson Jr., born in 1930, is the grandson of the founder of Johnson & Johnson Co. After a career in painting, Johnson turned to sculpting in 1968. Thirty-eight years later, Johnson has designed and created more than 250 life-size bronze sculptures in countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Johnson’s sculptures can be found in private collections and museums such as the Rockefeller Center and the Liberty plaza in New York, the Les Halles in Paris, and Via Condotti in Rome. He also has works on display in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C. and London.
“I use my art to convince you of something that isn’t real. You laugh at yourself because you were taken in, and in that change of your perception, you become vulnerable to the piece and intimate with it in a certain way.”
– J. Seward Johnson, Jr.
The “Man-on-the-Street” series began in the 1980s and continues as Johnson creates new ways to express his subjects.
The City of Carmel purchased life-size sculptures for Carmel’s Arts and Design District in Old Town and Carmel City Center.