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Born Sydney 1953 Died 2016


Kerrie Lester was born in Sydney and has lived and worked from her North Shore studio since 1989.  Lester is renowned for her distinctive stitched linen paintings, offering a unique perspective of her immediate environment and surroundings - artworks poised between painting, drawing, sculpture and weaving.  Her  scenes depict fleeting moments in everyday life.

With an art career that has been meteoric, Lester has held over 33 solo exhibitions spanning over a 38 year career, her first held immediately after graduating from art school. Her distinctive oil paintings have been included in the Sydney Biennale as well as being held in numerous public galleries and prestigious corporate and government collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, BHP Australia and the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.  Overseas her works have been exhibited in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Australian Embassy, Paris.

Lester has been a finalist for fourteen consecutive years in the prestigious Archibald Competition, winning the Packer's Prize in 1979, as well as receiving a number of major art awards and commissions. Her work is represented in many public, corporate and private art collections across Australia and abroad.


Kerrie won the 2011 Mosman Art Prize with her work “Out on a Limb”, featuring birds perched on a limb of a tree.  This painting has been done in her typical style: quirky, warm and one of a kind. Her style is easily identifiable and after more than 30 years of art practice, she is an important Australian artist.

Kerrie Lester Waiving SN 101.JPG
Lester, Kerrie Bush Noises 001.JPG
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