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Nathan J Lester was born in Canberra, the national capital of Australia, in 1976 to Margaret, a housewife, and Michael Lester, a plumber/artist. The youngest of three children, he grew up with a heavy art influence through his parents.

Nathan J Lester discovered photography in 1991 and has been working as a visual artist using photographic medium for over 20 years. He does not regard himself as just a photographer as his art practice has expanded beyond just photographs. More recently his work has evolved into paintings based on his photographs. Each image is abstracted and painted onto canvas and is derived from a portrait of a person or a part of the body as this is the core of Nathan J Lester's photographic work. Working with only a small number of colours he creates striking and bold images on small through to very large canvases.

Nathan J Lester’s photographic works include a range of printing processes from traditional (black and white film) to old processes dating back over 100 years such as cyanotypes and anthotypes. He works with these old processes on a range of papers and items to further enhance the image being printed.
In addition to photographic prints and paintings, Nathan J Lester has created sculptural pieces from time to time.

Nathan J Lester has held solo exhibitions of his works in both Canberra and Sydney and has participated in group exhibitions in Canberra and New York.

Education

1994 - 1995 Certificate in Basic photography

Exhibitions

Nathan J Lester has held solo exhibitions in Canberra and Sydney and has participated in group exhibitions in Canberra and New York.

Influences

Nathan J Lester is inspired by a wide range of artists in many visual art fields from Andy Warhol's bold style, use of colour and mass production to the sometimes gentle use of colour by Rothko. He is also inspired by photographic greats such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and is a fan of Annie Leibovitz early work.

Nathan J Lester has always admired the surrealist works with a particular favourite in Salvidor Dali. All of these artists and more inspire Nathan J Lester to continue to create his works.

51cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$390
51cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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$290
51cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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$290
46cm (W) x 91cm (H)
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$300
46cm (W) x 91cm (H)
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$250
70cm (W) x 50cm (H)
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$180
39cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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$180
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
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$250
90cm (W) x 90cm (H)
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$500
61cm (W) x 122cm (H)
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$300