I believe that, ultimately, art must be shared, provoke emotions, and motivate people to express themselves.
I have a unique, symbolic and dramatic style. My African-Caribbean roots influence my choice of colours, subjects and topics. My heritage, Rastafarian culture and Mother Nature are my inspiration and guide.
My intention is to explore humanity’s universal values, such as equality, social justice, freedom, loyalty and forgiveness, through my perspective as a Black man. I paint Black people to honour their roles in my life. I paint love, courage, resistance, the need to speak out, to understand and to be critical and inquisitive of the status quo. I paint what I live, feel and hope.
My art embodies my culture. I frequently use green coloured houses in my work and mostly within my characters, to represent the backgrounds that each one of us carries within which is unique, yet common to us all. I aim to depict that which unites, rather than separates us. The colours I mainly use are Rastafarian colours, which are also common in most African flags.
My art pieces are mainly acrylic and mixed media paintings, but also include installations and handmade prints. Each project I undertake is different and consists of multiple pieces in a range of different media, grouped around specific themes. I like to experiment with different styles and visual effects, textures and ideas, yet keeping my methodology consistent.
The symbolic elements that I use represent the motive within a piece, pieces or a collection.Download Lester’s CV