Laurence Johnston

Larry’s formal art education began right after high school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, attending on a Regents scholarship, continued at SUNY Farmingdale, graduating with an Associate’s degree in Advertising Art and Design. He then attended Southampton College on an art scholarship, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978.

He worked for Grumman Aerospace Corporation (now Northrop Grumman) for 28 years, including 9 years as an illustrator for the Corporate Training department. After work at the plant, the work on Long Island was closed and the work transferred out of state and Larry was faced with the choice of relocating or changing vocations. His long term goal was to paint full time so, when the invitation came to relocate, “I went with my heart and chose art instead.”

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.

He is currently represented by the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY, Trapani Art & Frame in Garden City and Manhasset, NY and The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT.

Larry is continually seeking to refine his skills, and has attended workshops with locally and nationally recognized artists including Charles Sovek, David Curtis and Don Demers. He is an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America and a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and an Artist Member of the Salmagundi Club of New York where he won the Gene Magazzini Memorial Award for a Traditional Oil at the 2015 Membership Exhibition.