John Seerey-Lester was born in
Manchester, England, and studied art at Salford Technical
College in Lancashire, England. He worked in the fields of
advertising and publishing before becoming a professional
artist in 1974. His respect for the work of fellow English
artist, David Shepherd, heavily influenced his decision to
travel to Africa and paint wildlife. It was his first excursion
to Nairobi, Kenya, in 1980 that convinced the successful painter
to change genres from Victorian street scenes to wildlife.
This became a turning point in his career. In 1982 Seerey-Lester
moved from England to Florida to pursue wildlife painting.
Since then he has traveled all over the world in search of
the wildlife he portrays on canvas. He has traveled to most
parts of Canada, Alaska, China, Africa, Antarctica, South
and Central America, India and Nepal.
A year after relocating to the
western part of Florida, he signed with Mill Pond Press. Since
then he has had some 300 limited edition prints published.
Seerey-Lester devotes much time and attention to the preservation
of wilderness and wildlife. Many of his paintings and limited
edition prints have aided nonprofit conservation organizations.
Seerey-Lester has been honored
with many awards. A one-man sell-out show in Great Britain,
opened by renowned ornithologist and artist Sir Peter Scott,
was held on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund. His Royal Highness,
The Prince Philip, commended Seerey-Lester for his wildlife
conservation efforts. He has been selected to exhibit in the
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's prestigious "Birds
in Art" and "Wildlife: An Artist's View" shows
each year since 1983. He was honored as Ducks Unlimited Canada's
artist for their 50th Anniversary stamp and print program
in 1988. Mill Pond Press published the book entitled, Face
to Face with Nature: The Art of John Seerey-Lester, in 1991.
A second book titled Impressions of India and Nepal, based
on his fieldwork there, was published soon after.
His work has also displayed in
several other museums such as the Bennington Center for the
Arts, The Gilcrease Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife
Art and the Nature in Art Museum.