Only the Good Die Young
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- Artist Bio
This image is a simple play on the rockabilly stylings that are popular now. I have always loved black line drawing and tattoo styles so decided on the unfortunate demise of the Huia as a way to celebrate what is gone and also enjoy a hint of the Victorian Macabre. The Huia was always under stress with the Maori demand for their famous white tipped black tail feathers as a symbol of hierarchy. The desire for museums to also take examples was another stressor and then the "nail in the coffin" was the casual use of the feather in his bowler hat by the Prince of Wales on his royal tour of 1864. This resulted in an upsurge in the use of them for fashion. So this image speaks to our desire for something actually killing and destroying it. While the last verified sighting was in 1907 there are credible reports of the birds being seen as late as the 1960s. It is an indulgent trip into the sweetly sad.
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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.