Guns & Roses
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- Artist Bio
This image is meant to take the viewer into our history and help create a depth of understanding of Maori and who they were by introducing a specific character. Hongi Hika, also known as "Shongi" was a Neolithic cannibal Maori man from the Hokianga who in 1821 travelled to the other side of the World, conversed and dined with aristocracy and studied the European way of being and even the warring strategies of Napoleon. On his way back through Sydney he exchanged the gifts that Britons had afforded him for 300 or so guns and arrived back in his homeland the most powerful military force in the Aotearoa. He then marched the North Island and proceeded to vanquish his enemies in acts of utu (balance or vengeance) for perceived wrongs against his forebears. If we know who Sitting Bull and Geronimo are, surely we should know who this forefather of our own nation is. He was a fabulous character and his story is clear evidence of the courage, wit and entrepreneurial character of the stone age mind. Like Von Tempky, the Forest Ranger, he might be contentious but he is our past and we ignore their stories at a great loss to our national character.
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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.