Adam Lester’s work comes from a need to make sense of cultural ‘noise’. Travels in Greece and Asia, and an interlude in the hippy north of New South Wales, have laid the groundwork for this artist’s penetrating perception of the contemporary milieu. Steering a course between the political and the aesthetic, Lester appropriates from the plethora of sensorium generated by the metropolis. Dualities have always fascinated him, and his titles often hint at contradictory interpretations. Pictorially, words function both as form and meaning, creating a kind of frisson between an image’s layers. Vibrant colours and iconic signs often jostle uneasily together to produce highly kinetic surfaces.
Employing a stylistic vocabulary inherited from ready-made and pop art forms, Lester juxtaposes graphic art modes and gestural marks. He brings his face-off between high art and everyday culture to edgy resolution.
Lester completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts degree in 2002, although his participation in group exhibitions in Greece and northern New South Wales predates his formal training by several years. He continues with regular group and solo shows. Since graduation, Lester has taken first prize in the Bentley Art Prize, twice been highly commended in the Southern Cross Art Prize, and twice selected for inclusion in the Churchie Emerging Art Prize exhibition. His work is held in Australian public collections, including Artbank and Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, as well in a number private collections in Australia and overseas.Download CV - pdf