Midnight Snack Art

I paint trays to make me feel good,

to make me feel warm inside and happy

, and to find contentment.

It feeds my soul.

-J. Seward Johnson Jr.

 

Prior to becoming a well-known sculptor, J. Seward Johnson Jr. was a painter who painted primarily on canvas with acrylics. Once his career as a sculptor flourished, his painting projects subsided — except for one unique format, painted trays. Seward began to collect trays from antique shops and other locations on which to paint his homey, intimate scenes. These tray paintings are close to his heart and very personal.

 

Each of these paintings allow the viewer a rare window into Seward’s home life, some featuring his sculptures or views at Ground For Sculpture. In particular, he illustrates sweet memories shared with his wife, Cecelia Joyce, and their times spent together.


Seward Johnson Day Dream, 2012 acrylic on tray

13 x 17 3/4 in.


Seward Johnson Family Secret, 2001 acrylic on tray

12 x 18 in. 



Seward Johnson Dejeuner déjà vu, 2009 acrylic on tray

13 1/2 x 18 in.



Seward Johnson

Hi, Down There., 2010 acrylic on tray

12                                               x 18 in.


Seward Johnson

Hi, Down There., 2010 acrylic on tray

12                                               x 18 in.



Seward Johnson

Were You Invited?, 2012 acrylic on tray

13 x 20 in.