The innovative John A. Roebling Bridge has long served as a Cincinnati landmark, and as an inspiration to Seed SVP, Creative Director Jeff Johns. The city recently selected an acrylic painting of the bridge by Johns to serve as the cover art for city council’s 2020 “Budget in Brief” document. Titled “Golden Evening Suspension,” the work is also featured on the city’s website.
For over a decade, Johns has found his muse as a fine artist in the Cincinnati skyline, which in turn fuels his creativity at Seed. His epiphany arrived one evening while watching the city’s flickering transition from day to night from the vantage point of Devou Park, a Northern Kentucky hilltop mere minutes away from his childhood home.
In that moment, he decided to dedicate his art to capturing the ever-changing face of the city. The resulting paintings have subsequently found their way into the homes of numerous collectors, many of whom claim they feel a greater sense of connection to their city, thanks to their daily interaction with Johns’ work.
The painting selected by the City of Cincinnati showcases the innovative structure of the Roebling, which, upon its opening in 1866, was credited as the world’s longest suspension bridge. The painting is especially meaningful to Johns, who made canvas prints of the original artwork as gifts for the groomsmen in his wedding, in 2013.