Laurence Johnston

Larry studied at SUNY Farmingdale and Southampton College, graduating with a BFA.  His art education continued after college, attending workshops with both locally and nationally recognized artists including Charles Sovek, David Curtis and Don Demers.

In 1994, Larry and a group of friends opened an art gallery in Bellport, New York. Living on Long Island and having sailed the local waters, the coastal landscape was a natural choice of subject matter and his work immediately began to attract a following. A timely and favorable review in the New York Times caught the attention of the late owner of Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton, New York, where he was represented from 1995 until its closing last October. In 2012 he was accepted as a core artist of The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.  On Long Island he is represented by the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport.

Larry is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and Artist Member the Salmagundi Club in New York,  where he recently won the Gamblin Artists Oil Award for Landscape at the 130th Annual Members’ Exhibition and the Gene Magazzini Memorial Award for a Traditional Oil at the 2015 Membership Exhibition.