Medium: Mixed Media on hand stitched canvas
Title: With a Bird 2007
Image Size: 31cm x 31cm (total size)
Signed bottom right
Kerrie Lester (1953 - 2016)
She was born to John Lester and Dolores Metcalfe at the Crown Street Women's Hospital in Surry Hills, Sydney in 1953 and studied fine arts at the National Art School and the Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Educationbetween 1971 and 1975. She held her first solo exhibition in 1976.
Lester was a finalist in the Archibald Prize sixteen times, but never won. She did win the associated Packing Room Prizein 1998, for her Self-portrait as a bridesmaid—an allusion to the saying "Always a bridesmaid, never the bride" in relation to her missing out on the Archibald so regularly. She stopped entering the competition in 2012. She was also a finalist in the Portia Geach Memorial Award nine times, and was a regular finalist and exhibitor in the Wynne Prize and Sir John Sulman Prize group exhibitions. In 2011, she won the Mosman Art Prize for her painting Out on a Limb.
In 2014, she was diagnosed with leukemia, stopping treatment after two stem cell transplants failed to stop the progression of the disease. She died aged 62.
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