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- Artist Bio
This work is obvious I suppose in that it references Hone Harawera's notorious email outburst and the daylight robbery this and other Western countries think is okay when delivered by the white collar. This image suggests that a Mr. Watson might very well share the social profile of the Mofos Hone was speaking of. The doctrine of unfettered capitalism being a reason or justification for outrageously mendacious and avaricious acts perpetuated on the largely innocent, ignorant and old in our society is utterly wrong. I believe that Treaty reparations are an attempt to right similar injustice. We have seen all of this before however in '87 with Equity Corp and Fay Richwhite etc. Richwhite, get it Hone? Enough financial injustice can create the "French"reaction, which results in greedy heads being removed from greedy shoulders. The Calvinist creed of hard work and care for others is what speaks to this surely and is an essential effort in the creating of an egalitarian society. Work hard, play nice and be clear with the greedy or we will have to harden our hearts and sharpen our knives again. Stop cussing Hone!
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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.