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Lynne Drexler

American, 1928-1999


Lynne Drexler

Keller Fair, c. 1959

Oil on canvas
10 x 11 38 in
25.4 x 28.9 cm

Lynne Drexler

Happy, 1960

Oil on canvas
10 34 x 11 34 in
27.9 x 30.5 cm


Lynne Mapp Drexler was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1928. Drexler began her study of art as a child, painting landscapes by the age of eight. In the late 1950s, after attending the College of William and Mary in Virginia, she immersed herself in Abstract Expressionism, studying with Hans Hofmann in both his New York and Provincetown schools. Drexler went on to graduate study at Hunter College in New York City with Robert Motherwell. In her early work, Drexler focused on color and composition, focusing on landscape and abstraction. Drexler’s works arecolorful brushwork that has a lyrical voice. In fact, classical music was an important part of Drexler’s art. When Drexler lived in New York, she regularly attended concerts at Carnegie Hall; she would make sketches while she was in the audience. A change in her work began after a marriage to the painter John Hultberg, whom she met at a dance at the Artist's Club. After they married in 1961, the couple began summering on remote Monhehgan Island, Maine. Her works are in the permanent collections of the MoMA, Monhegan Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Portland Museum of Art.