Known as a second-generation abstract expressionist, Lester Johnson 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.
What are we to make of the vacuous stares of these beautiful people dressed in their highly fashionable attire? The seeming spontaneity of the brushwork technique contrasts meaningfully with the soulful eyes of the characters in these scenes. None of them look at one another, each looking above at street signs and dreams which hover in the shadows of skyscrapers..
Capturing the essence of an original is the mark of a fine print. These prints are almost like unique watercolor sketches, owing to the fine quality of their printmaking.
His work is held in the collections of many important museums