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Artist’s widow opens his studio for last time

By Bejay Browne
THE wife of a well known Paphos artist is opening up her late husband’s studio to the public for the last time.
Prolific artist David Lester died at 65 in October 2012, and his wife, Cathy, will open his studio to the public for the last time this month, to give people an opportunity to view his latest work and to purchase their favourites pieces.
Lester took part in a number of exhibitions in Cyprus including the Kyklos gallery and En Plo. He is also the author of a published autobiography, ‘Wishful thinking’.
David Lester’s distinctive and modern style saw him use a number of mediums for his paintings including watercolours and oils. He is best known for his abstract and semi abstract oil paintings which use bold and vibrant colours.
Cyprus’ dramatic mountains and coastline ignited the artist’s imagination and often feature in Lester’s work. His paintings have made their way into collections across Europe.
Although Lester spent most of his working life in the education sector in the UK – before moving to Cyprus with his wife, he was the head teacher of school in Cambridgeshire – painting was always something which held a fascination for the artist.
“David was mostly a self taught artist, although he attended a number of courses on the subject during his life, he liked to paint as he saw things,” said Cathy. Painting and art appreciation were David’s passions, along with jazz music.”
In the UK, he had exhibited at Bedford art gallery and at Newnham College, Langham Gallery and the Round Church Studios.
Lester died at the Friends hospice in Paphos in October last year after a lengthy illness. The Paphos based artist was also one of the founding members of the successful Open Studios, which saw many artists open up their studios to the public a few weeks every year.
Cathy said she would love to see his paintings go to caring homes so she is opening up his studio for the last time tomorrow and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
There are 70 paintings up for grabs, along with copies of Lester’s autobiography.
Watercolours, framed and glazed are priced from €40 – €60, Oils, depending on size and framing from €100 – €400 and the book at €5.
A percentage of the proceeds from the studio open day will go towards helping the Friends Hospice.
“The hospice was wonderful and I wanted to be able to give something back to them,” said Cathy.
The Hospice has recently been forced to scale down its operation due to the deepening economic crisis.
The walls of the couples Peyia home are covered with the artist’s paintings and Cathy will keep these as they are. A few other works have been earmarked for the couples friends and family.
“David always had difficulty in parting with his paintings as he wanted them to go to people who really appreciated them and not just to go with someone’s colour scheme,” said his wife.
Telephone Cathy Lester for further information at 99 345 948

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