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- Artist Bio
This is an entry level work for the Pakeha thinking about the complex nature of looking into race relations and conceptualizing in NZ. The artwork is an entertaining way to ask what the word Wahine means in New Zealand today. Are white women Wahine? Do Pakeha think Maori women are wahine or Moari women? Do Maori think of Pakeha women as wahine or Pakeha women. It is a question about language and titles and how the bilingual nature of NZ is starting to work. The setting for this question is a 1898 stamp of Milford Sound with a Phantom character embedded in the style with a pulp style heroine resigned to her fate.
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*Fine Art Print, Unlimited Edition.
Lester was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1956 and has been self supporting through his art for the last twenty years. He has painted and studied New Zealand history and Maori - European - Pacific centric artwork all of that time.
My printed works are a collection of what the last 20 years of my life has taught me…not to mention what being brought up in White living rooms has given me.
I could prattle on here about what art and where etc I have done but apart from saying that my Tapa paintings represent a bedding in for me of my status as a Pacific Islander stats about me hold little interest.
I prefer in this context some specificity as to my nature and my drivers as the race relations commentary I make is often misconstrued as either White supremacist or Maori centric.
I consider myself an outsider artist, social commentator first and my art is a vehicle for my thoughts and philosophies and aspirations for my country. My art is a conversation with myself and represents moving thought not static dogma. My prints are not numbered and I change them to reflect or emphasise my thoughts whenever I choose to.