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- Artist Bio
WIth spring back the Tuis are back! this year they are rampant again and the blessing of our most vibrant, engaging and excitable bird makes my heart sing. Dogfighting and hooning from flower to tree and back, exalting in the verdant Northland spring.
I have a favorite tumult of buds outside my dining room and they have been performing their circus acts there for my pleasure. They are my favorite intersection with the natural environment of rural/urban landscape by far.
Tui provide a reason to celebrate being a New Zealander which far surpasses even the dolphins I often encounter when sailing my beach cats out in the bay.
I say that because dolphins can be enjoyed anywhere on a coast the World over.
Tui are a special concoction of flight, eclat and chortling song and acrobatics, especially when drunk on natural highs they seem to crave... Bless them.
Transfixed, this time I bring a vibrant post Shcoon kowhaiwhai pattern delivering the bright greens and golds of spring and the bird fascinating all with it's iridescent, fabulous outfit while it performs a tight turn.
All works printed by the artist on Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper and K3 Archival Inks.
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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.