With work hanging at the White House and in permanent, private and Museum collections, throughout the world, John Seerey-Lester was one of the most renowned wildlife and historic artists. He moved to America over 30 years ago, making it his base of operation, and became a proud citizen of the USA. He traveled the world in search of images, over the years, preferring to paint from life. He visited such diverse locations as Africa, China (where he painted the rare Giant Panda in the wild), India, the Arctic and Antarctica as well as Central and South America. It was a visit to East Africa over 35 years ago that gave birth to his interest in wildlife.
John had over 400 different limited edition prints produced over the years, which led to him being one of the most sought after artists. John gained a reputation over the years for producing images with a narrative and which are both mysterious and mystical. He took this skill to produce a remarkable series of paintings depicting historic hunts of safari legends. John received many awards and much recognition for his outstanding achievements in the field of wildlife and sporting art. John was awarded the Ring of Freedom Award by the NRA, and was invited to become a member of the International Order of St. Hubertus. He was Knighted in 2013, by his Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Andreas of Austria for his work in conservation. He will always be known as Sir John Seerey-Lester. He was presented to His Royal Highness Prince Phillip and was commended for his work in conservation.
He was chosen to exhibit works in the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s “Birds in Art” and “Wildlife: An Artist’s View”, shows and his paintings are in their permanent collection. He was made Master or Featured Artist for nearly every major wildlife art show over the years. He displayed in several other Museums such as the Gilcrease Museum, and National Museum of Wildlife Art, and in many other permanent collections such as Bennington Center for the Arts, and Nature in Art Museum. John was Artist of the Year and featured artist for: South Eastern Wildlife Expo, Miniature ’85, Pac Rim Wildlife Art Show, Florida Wildlife Expo, 7th Annual South East Invitational Miniature Show, Celebration Weekend and presented with the Key to the City of Troy Ohio, Reflections of Nature to name a few. John was presented with the Award of Excellence and the Patricia Allen Bott Award for his Mara River Horse (2002), and again in (2006) for “White On White” by the Society of Animal Artists. In 2011 he received the Award of Excellence from the Susan K. Black Foundation. Sporting Classics awarded him as the Artist of the Year in 2012.
John served on the board of The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the Board of Artists for Conservation, and had a regular column in Sporting Classics Magazine. You will have frequently found him featured along with his paintings in numerous magazines such Sarasota Magazine, Dallas Safari Club’s GameTrails, the NRA’s American Rifleman, and Ring of Freedom, as well as Informart, African Hunter, Sports Afield, Wildlife Art, Western and American Art Collectors. He was a member of The Society of Animal Artists, Artists for Conservation, Oil Painters of America, and a founding member of Southern Plein Air Artists.
John and Suzie Seerey-Lester were proud recipients of the prestigious Simon Combes Award for Conservation. The Seerey-Lesters had been involved in raising funds for conservation for over 30 years. John raised millions of dollars personally to save African and American wildlife and habitat. Both devoted a large amount of time every year raising funds for their favorite groups.
John was a giant in wildlife art. With a talent that was unsurpassed, he graced us with charm and class. He is greatly missed. Sporting Artisans is proud to continue displaying his past works.
John Seerey-Lester - Oil and Acrylic Paintings
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