Lester Johnson Admired Expressionist Artist Dies at 91

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Lester Johnson, American (1919 -2010) - "New York Ladies" - Circa 1980 - Private Collection

New
York, NY – Lester Johnson, an admired artist whose expressionist
brushwork lent
vigor and force to the human figure — isolated and embattled, or alive
with the
joy of movement in crowds — died on May 30. He was 91 and lived in
Southampton
on Long Island. His death, at a nursing home in Westhampton, N.Y., was
confirmed
by his son, Anthony. Mr. Johnson, a maverick associate of the Abstract
Expressionists in New York, found his subject matter in the joys and
sorrows of
ordinary people on the street. His boxy figures of the 1960s, somberly
painted
in thick impasto, their features
often scratched into the surface, faced the viewer squarely with an air
of
stoicism or grim defiance.