Lester Blair Studio | recent paintings by Lester Blair
acrylic on canvas paintings in a figurative style by artist Lester Blair. Subjects are often of the Wellington region of New Zealand both landscape as well as urban social landscapes.
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Lester’s art in two sentences;
I like to paint & take photographs.
I make paintings based on my photographs.

I have been making images since 1975 (not counting childhood, where I was always drawing). These images were either drawing, sketching, painting or taking photographs. Ten years prior to 2013 I was just making photographs. In late 2013 I  purchased a painting easel and  began a new phase of painting, but this time rather than working from sketches in an expressionistic style I began to work from photographs. The paintings after some intial efforts began to resemble a photographic look, I guess you would call this a photorealism style.


I am now experimenting on a new pared down style, a graphic style with strong colour. Hoping to continue with the more photorealistic images as well though these too might take on a more simple rendering though they are figurative they will also have a language of abstraction too. The subject matter has been some landscape but more often it is a social landscape that interests me.

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acrylic on canvas portrait painting by Lester Blair
black bird on broken concrete, a painting by Lester Blair
McMansion house in the suburbs
Acrylic on canvas 600mm x 600mm
"Fruit shop shop on Cuba Street". Acrylic on canvas 1000mm x 750mm
"Modest dwelling, Featherston". Acrylic on canvas 900 x 700mm
a painting by Lester Blair of a Green Door and broom, with the reflection of nikau palm
acrylic on 8oz cotton 900 x 700mm
Acrylic on Canvas, 1050mm x 750mm
acrylic on canvas 910mm x 710mm
Acrylic on canvas 600mm x 600mm
Acrylic on canvas 700mm x 600mm
the shadow of the photographer walking the streets of Wellington.
acrylic on canvas 600x600mm
a painting by Lester Blair, taken from a photograph
acrylic on canvas 838x838mm
acrylic on canvas 750 x 750