Lester Hall

 

Pop art with social commentary. Through his colorful and controversial prints, Hall raises conversation around Maori and Pakeha relations. His pieces stir art enthusiasts and critics alike, creating a conversation around culture and art itself. 

All works printed by the artist on Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper and K3 Archival Inks.

Kea Kaha

"Everyone loves a parrot, very clever, a character, naughty, the delightful scalawag. Ettrick, Dumbarton, Bannockburn, all names from the stories my father told of his very austere childhood in depression-era Otago. Dad got his first pair of shoes and a first full-time job at twelve years of age working on Aoraki Mount Cook. He walked 4-gallon cans of kerosine to the top hut for the climbers.

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Spring Loaded

Tuis 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-Schoon 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.

Framed Print: 645 x 535 mm 

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Ballistic Bird

Boosh! like a bullet; that short powerful sound of a gannet hitting the water beside my boat always made me wonder at one of my favorite birds looking for a fishy treat.
They hit the water like machine-gun fire sometimes... then the yellow heads popping up with such buoyancy, fish or not as they all work, energized in the moment, the abundance and the sheer excitement of life.

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Ni hao e hoa

"As a child, I was taken to the bronze statue of Pania on the Napier foreshore by my parents and we all looked in awe at the wonderful balance, poise and pin-up style of Pania of the Reef... She was immediately captivating. This piece celebrates her, the mythology of our country, and speaks to the changing face of our citizenry.

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Blue Lady

We are entering a new stylistic phase with so many Asian influences and Lester Hall feels it pertinent to play these out, to relish and enjoy them. Pop culture becomes our fabric and "Blue Lady" is an example of where his art is headed, pop art statements of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

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The Queen of the Fern II

Originally created for an outfitting commission for the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell, in the Bay of Islands, this piece was not for general sale.

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Aotearoa Ensign

My series of te reo ensigns began while curating the collection at the Duke in Kororareka/Russell. I also published a rough version of this ensign while the "flag debate" was raging. Red ensigns used to be given to iwi and hapu who were loyal to the crown and they would sew the iwi name to the field of the flag and fly them.

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The Ghost Who Passed

This work is a celebration of national pastimes, games, competition, and the wonderful places we find ourselves playing them.

I read the Phantom most days of my childhood in the Dominion newspaper in Wellington. The character has always stayed with me and I have chatted often about my early wondering about why he is 'a thing' in New Zealand art with many artists referencing him.

Framed Artist Print: 1600 x 860 mm

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Picasso Tiki

Ngati Pakeha Tiki are a homage to being Pakeha in Aotearoa, New Zealand. These artworks say that the Tiki is ubiquitous in all that we do, no matter where we are or what our values might be. In ancient times the Tiki were fertility symbols and still today these artworks might be seen to represent the fertility of the ethnic mix here in Aotearoa.

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