Laurence Johnston [NRA 2007-2021]



First name: Laurence ;
Middle name:
Last name:
Johnston ;

Member: Non-resident artist member;
2007 ;
2021 ;



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 Associates 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.

Larry worked for Grumman Aerospace Corporation (now Northrop Grumman) for 28 years, including 9 years as an illustrator for the Corporate Training department. After the plant he worked in on Long Island was closed and the work transferred out of state, he was faced with the choice of relocating or changing vocations. Larry’s long term goal was to paint full time so, when the invitation came to relocate, he went with his 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 owner of Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton, New York, where he was represented from 1995 until its closing in 2015. He is now represented by the William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY and the Louisa Gould Gallery in Vineyard Haven, MA on Martha’s Vineyard Island.





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December 23, 2019

Last updated: August 8, 2023 at 17:11 pm

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