Lynne Mapp Drexler was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1928. Drexler began her study of art as a child, painting landscapes by the tender 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. From there, she went on to graduate study at Hunter College in New York City with Robert Motherwell. In her early works, Drexler focused on color and composition, eventually reconciling her two interests – landscape and abstraction – in her late work of the 1980s and ‘90s.
But it was in the 1950s that she set her foundation – a synthesis of Post-Impressionist landscape painting and post-war painterly abstraction. The results are something not familiar to most students of the period, and her crisp, colorful brushwork allows the artist to sing with a completely original voice.
Classical music remained an important part of her art. When she lived in New York she regularly attended concerts at Carnegie Hall, where she would make sketches while she was in the audience. Her vibrant surfaces are both complex and painterly, but with a flatness akin to something found in the background of a Gustav Klimt work. Drexler lived the last 16 years of her life on Monhegan Island with her husband, the painter John Hultberg, she passed away in 1999.
Drexler exhibited extensively throughout her life at venues such as Tanager Gallery, Esther Robles Gallery and Westerly Gallery. She is slated for upcoming shows at the Monhegan Museum and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Monhegan Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Brooklyn Museum and the Queens Museum among others.
Exhibitions: Sun Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 1959 Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA, 1960s Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, 1960 Tanager Gallery, NYC, 1961 Tanager Gallery, NYC, 1962 2 Person Show: Galleria, San Miguel Allende, Mexico (a hand written bio says 1962), 1963 Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, 1965 Westerly Gallery, NYC, 1965 Traveling Show: American Painting Sproul Museum, Louisville, KY, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA. (reproduced in catalog), 1966 Nuuana Valley Gallery, Honolulu, HA, 1967 Alonzo Gallery, MR. & MRS. PAINTING AND SCULPTURE, 1969 Alonzo Gallery, NYC, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975 Spring Arts Festival, Educational and Cultural Trust Fund of the Electrical Industry, 1971 Hudson River Museum, Ciba-Geigy Collection, 1971 Traveling Show: Martha Jackson New York Collection: Finch College, NYC; University of Maryland; Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY, 1973 Traveling Show: Ciba-Geigy Collection, 1974 Allentown Museum-Monhegan Artist Show, 1974 Christmas Shows: Tanager Gallery, NYC; Alonzo Gallery, NYC; Landmark Gallery, 1974-1979 Ciba-Geigy Collection: Women Artist Show, 1975 Landmark Gallery, NYC, 1977 Veydras Ltd, NYC, 1981 Aldona Gobuzas Gallery, NYC, 1983 Veydras Ltd, NYC, 1983 Middlesex Community College, Piscataway, NJ, 1984 St. John's University, Staten Island, NY, 1984 3 Person Show: Anita Shapulsky Gallery, NYC, 1987 Gallery 127, Portland, ME, June-July, 1989 Judith Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill ME, 1989 Gallery 6, Portland, ME, 1989 Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, ME, 1989 2 Person Show: The Art Gallery at 6 Deering Street, Portland, Maine, April, 1992 Lupine Gallery, Monhegan, ME , 1998 Monhegan Modernists, Collection of John Day, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston Maine, 2002 Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston Maine, 2003 Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME, 2003 Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, 2005 Monhegan Museum, A Century of Women Artist on Monhegan Island, 2005 other gallery shows in Maine in 2005, 2006, 2007 Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY, 2007
Museums/Collections: Best Company, Richmond, VA Brooklyn Museum, NY Ciba-Geigy Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME Martha Jackson Collection Monhegan Museum, Monhegan Is. ME Museum of Modern Art, New York National Gallery of Art (2 lithographs in Rosenwald Collection) Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME Prentice-Hall Collection, NY Queens Museum for Art Education, NY Reynolds Metal Tamarind Lithographs University of New Mexico