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- Artist Bio
My Ngati Pakeha Tikis have all been a celebration of being Pakeha in this country. These images say that the Tiki is ubiquitous in all that we do, no matter where we are. They are supposed to be fun, not mockery. They have been created as Kiwiana, that happy style. They say that everything in the World has a little of New Zealand in it and acknowledge that Tiki have a little of every part of the World in them. This one is based on the "sugar skull" styles fo the Day of the Dead culture we are becomeing more aware of. So it is a uses a third party to make the cross cultural statement. While tipping the hat to the plastic Tiki of the tourist trade, my Tikis invite us all to hold a special place in our heart for the nations developing cultural identity. In ancient times it is said they were fertility symbols and still today these motifs represent the fertility of the ethnic mix here in New Zealand. While having humorous overtones they each carry the more serious message that we all are one.
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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.