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John Seerey-Lester

About John Seerey-Lester

With work hanging at the White House and in permanent, private and museum collections throughout the world, John Seerey-Lester has become one of the most renowned of today's wildlife and historic artists. He moved to America over 30 years ago, making it his base of operation and is now proud to be a citizen of the USA. He joined Mill Pond Press in Venice, Florida and has had over 400 of his images published in limited edition prints. He has 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. John has gained a reputation over the years for producing images with a narrative and which are both mysterious and mystical. John has received many awards and much recognition for his outstanding achievements in the field of wildlife art.

John was Knighted by his Imperial and Royal Highness, Archduke Andreas of Austria, for his work in conservation. John is now known as Sir John Seerey-Lester. John and his wife Suzie received the Simon Combes Award for Conservation in 2014. He was awarded the Ring of Freedom by the NRA. John and Suzie had a two man show at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute - Keeping the World Wild. John has been in the Society of Animal Artists Annual Shows, including the world museum tour since the early 1980s. He is the Hunters Leadership Forum resident Artist. John is known as the "Godfather of Wildlife Art", he has also become the "Preeminent modern day painter of Theodore Roosevelt". He has exhibited in the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's "Birds in Art' and "Wildlife; An Artist's View", regularly since 1983. He was commended by His Royal Highness Prince Phillip for his work in conservation. John has been Master or Featured Artist for nearly every major wildlife show both in the US and the UK, over the past 42 years. He has paintings exhibited in most major museums such as the Gilcrease Museum, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Bennington Center for the Arts, Nature in Art, and Sonora Desert Museum to name a few.

Click on the images below to view John Seerey-Lester's artwork available for sale at this year's show.

Artist Statement

As the long winter of 1804 came to an end, Lewis and Clark encountered their
first grizzly bears (which they referred to as white bears). Few, if any white men had
seen a grizzly at that time.

Lewis and Clark went on to see and hunt several hundred of the bears during
their long expedition, but in the winter of 1804/05, they saw the grizzly for the first time.
The expedition had reached North Dakota and Lewis had gone hunting with some men
along the snow-covered buttes.

Clark was near their encampment when heard a shot ring out from the Lewis and
the hunting party on the other side of the hill. At the report, two enraged grizzlies came
charging over the crest of the hill through the deep snow.
It turned out that it was a sow and her cub. One can only imagine the shock
experienced by Clark as he watched the charging bears.

It is unknown what happened to the bears, they probably carried on running
when they saw the encampment. In my painting I wanted the viewer to feel the horror of
a grizzly rushing at them and experience the helplessness of the situation.

Today we know that a grizzly sow with a cub is the most dangerous of the bears.
This painting along with the full story will appear in my new book, Legendary Hunters
and Explorers, due out this year.

Past Artwork


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