The Axeman

Lester Hall


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  • Hone Heke! Someone most of us will have some idea about. "Axeman, Stand to Your Log" has been created from an image I found on an old cigarette card or such. It brings that image forward into our present and makes a joyous and amusing reference to his acts of cutting down the flagpole at Kororareka to make political statements. Heke was present at Waitangi and early to sign the Treaty. He was another Maori trading entrepenuer and war cheif and I have always seen him as a sporting man. On the occasion when a Pakeha butcher ran off with one of his wives he found the Pakeha presence intolerable. He cut the flagpole down and pigs were stolen and women mocked by the posturing of bare buttocks. The flag was toppled several times subsequently and latterly a foolhardy act from a ship in the harbour is credited with escalating the riot to more serious proportions and the rest is history as they say.

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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.

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