Lester Johnson

Artwork

2 Women & Man With Band T-Shirt from Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

2 Women & Man With Band T-Shirt from Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979

Color silkscreen, signed

30 x 23 in

$850.00

Street Scene #1 from Street Scene Portfolio (22/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene #1 from Street Scene Portfolio (22/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed lower right

30 x 22.25 in

$850.00

Street Scene #4 from Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene #4 from Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979

Color silkscreen, signed

29.75 x 22.50 in

$850.00

Street Scene Portfolio - Street Scene with Man & Women (14/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene Portfolio - Street Scene with Man & Women (14/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed lower right

30 x 22 in

$850.00

Street Scene With City & Building from Street +Scene Portfolio (38/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene With City & Building from Street +Scene Portfolio (38/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed

29.25 x 21.75 in

$850.00

Street Scene With Man & Women from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene With Man & Women from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed lower right

29.50 x 22.13 in

$1,250.00

Three Girls from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1980
Lester Johnson

Three Girls from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1980

Silkscreen, signed

30 x 22.25 in

$1,250.00

Three Seated Men (43/50), c1971
Lester Johnson

Three Seated Men (43/50), c1971

Etching, signed in pencil lower right

23.50 x 28.75 in

$3,600.00

2 Women & Man With Band T-Shirt from Street Scene Portfolio (39/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

2 Women & Man With Band T-Shirt from Street Scene Portfolio (39/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed lower right

29.87 x 23 in

$850.00

Street Scene #1 from Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene #1 from Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979

Color silkscreen, signed

29.75 x 22.25 in

$850.00

Street Scene #4 from Street Scene Portfolio (15/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene #4 from Street Scene Portfolio (15/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed and dated

30 x 22.50 in

$850.00

Street Scene Portfolio -2 Women & Man with Band T-Shirt (16/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene Portfolio -2 Women & Man with Band T-Shirt (16/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed lower right & dated

30 x 23 in

$850.00

Street Scene With City & Building from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene With City & Building from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed

29.25 x 21.75 in

$1,250.00

Street Scene with Man & Women From Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene with Man & Women From Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979

Color silkscreen, signed

29.50 x 22.12 in

$850.00

Three Girls From Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1980
Lester Johnson

Three Girls From Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1980

Color silkscreen, signed

30 x 22.25 in

$850.00

Untitled - LJ#53 (29/30 AP), 1979
Lester Johnson

Untitled - LJ#53 (29/30 AP), 1979

Lithograph, signed lower center

29.25 x 21.50 in

$3,250.00

Selected Paintings 1970-1986, 1987-88
Lester Johnson

Selected Paintings 1970-1986, 1987-88

Poster

18.88 x 14.13 in

$400.00

Street Scene #1 from Street Scene Portfolio (7/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene #1 from Street Scene Portfolio (7/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed

29.75 x 22.31 in

$1,250.00

Street Scene Portfolio - Street Scene with Building #2 (14/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene Portfolio - Street Scene with Building #2 (14/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed lower right

31 x 23 in

$850.00

Street Scene with Building #2 From Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene with Building #2 From Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979

Color silkscreen, signed

31 x 23 in

$850.00

Street Scene With City & Building From Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene With City & Building From Street Scene Portfolio (8/175), 1979

Color silkscreen, signed

29.25 x 21.75 in

$850.00

Summer Group Walking #6, 1984
Lester Johnson

Summer Group Walking #6, 1984

Oil on Canvas, signed

80 x 100 in

Price on Request

Three Girls from Street Scene Portfolio (7/175), 1980
Lester Johnson

Three Girls from Street Scene Portfolio (7/175), 1980

Silkscreen, signed

29.88 x 22.25 in

$1,250.00

Untitled - LJ#53 (25/30 AP), 1979
Lester Johnson

Untitled - LJ#53 (25/30 AP), 1979

Color lithograph, signed lower center, total edition 175

29.38 x 21.50 in

$1,250.00

Street Scene #1 from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene #1 from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed

29.75 x 22.50 in

$1,250.00

Street Scene #4 from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene #4 from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed

29.88 x 22.50 in

$1,250.00

Street Scene Portfolio - Street Scene with City & Building (4/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene Portfolio - Street Scene with City & Building (4/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed lower right

29.50 x 21.50 in

$850.00

Street Scene With Building #2 from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene With Building #2 from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed

31 x 23 in

$1,250.00

Street Scene With City & Building from Street Scene Portfolio (11/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Street Scene With City & Building from Street Scene Portfolio (11/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed

29 x 21 in

$850.00

Three Girls from  Street Scene Portfolio (23/175), 1980
Lester Johnson

Three Girls from Street Scene Portfolio (23/175), 1980

Silkscreen, signed

30 x 22.25 in

$850.00

Three Girls from Street Scene Portfolio (2/175), 1980
Lester Johnson

Three Girls from Street Scene Portfolio (2/175), 1980

Silkscreen, signed lower right and dated

30 x 22 in

$850.00

Untitled-2 Women & Man With Band T-Shirt from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979
Lester Johnson

Untitled-2 Women & Man With Band T-Shirt from Street Scene Portfolio (17/175), 1979

Silkscreen, signed

29.88 x 23 in

$1,250.00

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Lester Johnson
A New York artist, known as a second-generation abstract expressionist, Lester Johnson was born to a large Lutheran family in Minneapolis. He studied at the Minneapolis School of Art and the St. Paul Art School. There he was introduced to Hans Hofmann's teaching approach, particularly the "push and pull" effects of form and color by St. Paul teachers Alexander Masley and Cameron Booth, both of whom had studied with Hofmann in Munich. After further study at the Chicago Art Institute, Johnson moved to New York City in 1947 and became one of the first downtown loft-dwellers. He shared a lower East Side studio with Larry Rivers and attended some of Hofmann's New York classes. Rents were cheap but Johnson was broke much of the time as he tried to support his painting through a variety of part-time jobs, including teaching art. In 1950, he and realist figurative painter Philip Pearlstein shared a studio space. Lester's wife, Jo, had introduced the two artists at a time when she and Pearlstein were studying art history at New York University. Johnson's various studios, on the Bowery and elsewhere, were always one flight up with a view of Manhattan's active street life. No wonder, for over fifty years, street scenes have been a dominant part of his art. Johnson adopted the working techniques of action painting, which meant he used a great deal of paint. A tube of oil paint might be expended in seconds as he, like Pollock, physically projected himself into the work. The images that Johnson produced were not decorative, but stubbornly confrontational: oversize, brooding, thickly encrusted, scarred surfaces that were alive with recognizable objects and figures. Even today, few realize how radical it was for Johnson to depict a recognizable subject in an adamantly pro-abstract-expressionist climate. Sculptor George Segal recalled: "The Abstract Expressionists were legislating any reference to the physical world totally out of art. This was outrageous to us". Rebellion came naturally to Lester Johnson, and he remained tenaciously outside the mainstream. Nonetheless, he produced a body of work that influenced several generations of younger painters and confounded an art establishment in need of neat categorization. He remains one of the few painters whose work holds significance for both abstract and figurative artists. Lester Johnson's animated men and women, with all their nervous energy, yield themselves only gradually to analysis and will no doubt be reinterpreted for many years to come. His largest achievement is perhaps the degree to which each of his works is still able to convince us that the act of painting is relevant and vital. Lester Johnson (January 27, 1919 – May 30, 2010) was an American artist. As a figurative expressionist and member of the Second Generation of the New York School, painter Lester Johnson remained dedicated to the human figure as means of expression through the many stylistic changes of his oeuvre. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lester_Johnson) Lester Johnson was born to a large Lutheran family in Minneapolis. He studied at the Minneapolis School of Art and the St. Paul Art School. There he was introduced to Hans Hofmann's teaching approach, particularly the "push and pull" effects of form and color by St. Paul teachers Alexander Masley and Cameron Booth, both of whom had studied with Hofmann in Munich. After further study at the Chicago Art Institute, Johnson moved to New York City in 1947. Johnson adopted the working techniques of action painting, which meant he used a great deal of paint. A tube of oil paint might be expended in seconds as he, like Pollock, physically projected himself into the work. The images that Johnson produced were not decorative, but stubbornly confrontational: oversize, brooding, thickly encrusted, scarred surfaces that were alive with recognizable objects and figures. Even today, few realize how radical it was for Johnson to depict a recognizable subject in an adamantly pro-abstract-expressionist climate. Sculptor George Segal recalled: "The Abstract Expressionists were legislating any reference to the physical world totally out of art. This was outrageous to us".
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