Lynn Mapp Drexler
Lynne Mapp Drexler is a painter associated with the second generation of abstract expressionist artists that emerged in the latter half of the 1950s. Born and raised in the Newport News, VA, Lynne was a creative and artistic child. She took art classes in Virginia at the Richmond Professional Institute and at the College of William and Mary.
She moved to New York City in the mid to late 1950s to further her study of art under Robert Motherwell at Hunter College and Hans Hofmann. Her tendency to create vibrant paintings using a free brush stroke was influenced by Hofmann, who also introduced the notion that composition is influenced by color, which he called the "push-pull" concept.
According to noted historian Susan Danly, Lynne was "counted among an important group of women artists whose figural and landscape works were often overlooked during the heyday of post-abstract expressionist modernism - artists such as Jane Freilicher, Lois Dodd, and Jane Wilson."
In 1961 Drexler met fellow artist John Hultberg at The Artist's Club in New York. Through their connections, she had her first solo exhibition of 11 works at Tanager Gallery. Drexler and Hultberg were married and for three years traveled and lived in Mexico, the West Coast and Hawaii. They then lived at New York's Chelsea Hotel in the late 1960s.
Seeking a relaxing environment, the couple bought a house off the coast of Maine on Monhegan Island in 1971 and split their time between New York City and Maine, particularly spending the summers at their island house.
Her art work is in many private residences throughout the U.S. and is in several public collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Tamarind Print Collection, Los Angeles, CA; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY and Prentice Hall Collection, Englewood Cliffs, NJ