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- Artist Bio
Tiki Mouse is all sorts of things for me but mostly it is just fun. I love it. It is a nod to Dick's ubiquitous artwork and recognition that colour and humour make life grand. It is like a child's storybook character and how much more innocent can an image get? But then of course it has the subtext of appropriation and lack of respect given to a cultural icon that asks the question any artwork should ask. Why? What I have come to understand clearly is that in the Pakeha World the Tiki is one of the most trusted Maori emblems and ideas. There is a huge amount of ownership invested by Pakeha in the Tiki. Pakeha Tikis are an absolute affirmation of the place of Maori in Aotearoa by Pakeha. It may seem crazy that such an affirmation is warranted or needed but in my view, the lack of true communication between Maori and Pakeha has resulted in a deadening of perception in the relationship. So there are dozens of strange and bent Tikis out there and I love them because the show a desire to be part of.
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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.