About John



John is a versatile artist who enjoys working on a variety of subject matter and with different media. His work currently falls into two areas: a traditional approach to landscapes, portraits, etc. and, secondly, a colourful and decorative style of semi-abstract painting that he has termed, ‘Colour and Motion’.

John grew up in a creative household, both his parents being practising Artists and Art teachers. Whilst his parents provided much artistic tuition for him, his formal Art training included courses at Exeter Art College, Falmouth Art College, Winchester Art School and the Slade.

After gaining a degree at University, John worked as a Museum Curator, Science teacher and Head of Art. John now works as a full-time Artist.

Mother, Child and Buddha. Oil on canvas, 60 x 50cm. NFS

Mother, Child and Buddha. Oil on canvas, 60 x 50cm. NFS

san Gimignano. Oil on Canvas, 50 x 50cm. NFS

san Gimignano. Oil on Canvas, 50 x 50cm. NFS

A recent exhibition was held at the InterContinental Hotel, Hanoi. Previous to this John has exhibited work in New York, close to the Grand Central Terminal and also at the well-known cafe, Les Deux Magots, in the centre of Paris. Currently, John has an on-going display of large format artwork at Ashford International Station in the UK.

In addition to creating artwork John also enjoys writing. He has written and illustrated a number of children’s stories and is a member of the Society of Authors.

Travels to Australia, Italy, Paris, Scotland, USA and Vietnam have provided much inspiration for John's artwork.

Cathedral Tales, Written and Illustrated by John Lester

Cathedral Tales, Written and Illustrated by John Lester

Style and Direction



In Art History terms, Post Modernism defines the current artistic period and it is accepted that all avenues of artistic experimentation have been done. Artists are now looking back at the artwork of past artists to inspire and use in their work. Picasso did this retrospection towards the end of his career, repainting versions of past masters.

Artists at the beginning of the 21st century are both lucky and unlucky, lucky because they can do what they like and there are so many Artists, different artistic styles, media and subject matter to inspire. Unlucky because it has all been done before. Everyone tries to be different but end up being the same - often down artistic deadends.

A number of years ago there was a Minimalist Exhibition on ‘Nothing’ at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. The exhibition marked the end of Minimalism; Minimalism taken to its logical conclusion. John wished he had gone and experienced standing in a room with nothing in it. He liked the thought: “Art reduced to nothing. What now? To start afresh with all the knowledge that has been gained!”.

Whilst John's artwork has been categorized into two areas, Traditional and 'Colour and Motion', there is overlap and his work continues to develop. He is excited for the artistic opportunities ahead and the artwork yet to come.

John Lester, Ha Noi, Vietnam

Reading of the past. Oil on canvas, 60 x 80cm

Reading of the past. Oil on canvas, 60 x 80cm

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Live the Dance

To fingertip pause a butterfly dancing in the sky,

I've tried and failed a thousand times,

And faltered in my quest.

Then Buddha said to live the dance,

So now I dance and live.

© John Lester

email: john@lesterart.com