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- Artist Bio
This image of the bloody, male energy of Rugby and the to and fro of our history and rural lifestyle is at the other end of the scale from "Miss Kiwianaville" and celebrates our toughness. I choose to celebrate the rugged nature of the male, not the anger of it but the strength in it and the best part of a determined mind and what it can achieve over the physical. It also shows the beauty and flow of a competitive expression of strength. The Toi Moko represents Maori culture past and present and the way it is being moved around and used. Forever, forever, forever says we are here and the past is forever and will not be changed and we will always have to be the best with what we have, not what might have been. The game is on and who we will all be and how we will express ourselves is up for grabs. Get fit, get in position and make a country, society and culture together and don't expect it all to be easy. Competition creates the best of us and it is in that spirit a strong society will be built
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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.