Lester Johnson, Expressionist Painter, Dies at 91
Lester Johnson became one of the figurative artists voted into the Eighth Street Club, the famous weekly gathering of the Abstract Expressionists. They regarded him as talented but misguided. He regarded drips and gestural brushstrokes as an avant-garde signature that could easily descend into empty cliché.
“I was into human content and I used it, and I found it a very, very exciting thing to do,” Mr. Johnson said in an interview in 1988. “I did a lot of paintings at the time where you can hardly see the figure, but it’s there.”Read whole article by Willam Grimes.