Lester Johnson Close Up Blondie 1980 Signed Lithograph on Somerset paper


Lester Johnson
Close Up – 1980
Print – Lithograph on Somerset paper   28” x 21”
Edition: signed in pencil and numbered 137/175



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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? Debra Harry of the band Blondie looks back at us from a t-shirt.  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


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