Seward Johnson: Sculptor, Painter, Public Artist

Seard Johnson sculpture

Were You Invited?

Grounds for Sculpture founder

Seward Johnson chatting with guests at the Grounds for Sculpture

The 86-year old New Jersey native is best known for his painted bronze statues of iconic people and iconic works. These include Unconditional Surrender, based on the news photo of a returning midshipman kissing his sweetheart after the end of World War 2. Twenty-five foot high versions of this statue are on display in Sarasota, Key West, San Diego and Snug Harbor. And there’s the 17-ton “Forever Marilyn” which adorns downtown Palm Springs. Johnson is sometimes treated with disdain by the snobbier folks in the world of sculpture, either because his works are painted or because of his copies of famous pieces from other mediums. Personally, I’m a big fan of his work. And for all of us who went to college not having a clue what we wanted to do with our lives, take note that Seward Johnson’s time at the University of Maine was spent majoring in poultry husbandry. Johnson founded the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J., where many of his works are on display. Here are just of few of them.

Seward Johnson sculpture

The Nature of Obsession

Seward Johnson sculpture

Seward Johnson sculpture

Testing Togetherness

Seward Johnson sculpture

Has Anyone Seen Larry?

Seward Johnson Sculpture

Pondering the Benefits of Exercise

Seward Johnson sculpture

A Reason to Smile with French Guards

Seward Johnson sculpture

Seward Johnson sculpture

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10 Responses to Seward Johnson: Sculptor, Painter, Public Artist

  1. Kire says:

    I read the byline fast along with the nude sculpture and read it as “pubic artist”.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mirandavoice says:

    I have posted this post in my Facebook page:


  3. I loved my own visit to Grounds for Sculpture a year or so back. I’m looking forward to returning in the near future. Great shots.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. BroadBlogs says:

    These are amazing!


  5. pjlazos says:

    You pick the best topics to write about, Ken! Thanks for that. 🙂


  6. Donna Janke says:

    I think Seward Johnson’s work is very interesting. Thanks for introducing me to him.


  7. I want to see this IRL!!


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