Barnet Burns

Lester Hall


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  • Artist Bio
  • (c November 1805 - 26 December 1860) was an English sailor who became one of the early Europeans to live an extraordinary life as a P?keh? M?ori and to receive the full M?ori facial tattoo. This image is in reference to an early pen and ink of the actual man. P?keh? M?ori is a term used to describe early European settlers who lived among the M?ori and took on the Maori lifestyle. Some were kept as slaves, many being runaway seamen or escaped convicts while some achieved a degree of prestige among M?ori and fought in battle with their adopted tribe in the New Zealand land wars, sometimes against European soldiers. Burns is one of the latter and is well remembered on the East Coast and has descendants there. He escaped his antipodean life and returned to Europe in 1835 spending time and marrying in France after which he settled in England where he described the customs of the M?ori, performed the haka, exhibited his M?ori tattoos and recounted his adventures in New Zealand.

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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.

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