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- Artist Bio
Here is a simple love of the holidays and touring we did as a family when I was a child. Taupo, Alexandra, Christchurch, Waihou Bay, Ruatoria, Tolaga Bay are all clear destination memories from my holidays in the Zephyrs and Zodiacs my father was so proud of. Sometimes with a caravan and other times with a boat and tents. My favourites were the long weeks spent in the old hotel at Waihou Bay on the East Cape. Before the top balcony was glassed in this place was my heaven on earth. Many Kiwis will know it as the place where the movie "Boy" is set. So much a part of my soul are these times that when I was watching the movie, not knowing where it was filmed I recognised the rocks in the water in one of the early scenes! The felt pennants, here set into a Maorified frame a la travel maps of the era were a huge fascination for me. The red and white Zodiac we were in at this time had twin aerials! These flags, sheep's tails and Toi Toi flowers were the flapping, flying signage of the family on holiday so here is a reminder because good memories are worth nurturing.
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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.