1953 – 2016

Kerrie Lester was born in 1953 in Sydney and lived and worked from her Mosman studio from 1989. Lester is renowned for her distinctive stitched canvas paintings, offering a unique perspective of her immediate environment and surroundings – artworks poised between painting, drawing, sculpture and weaving. With an art career that was meteoric, Lester held over 21 solo exhibitions within a thirty year period – her first held immediately after graduating from art school.

In conjunction, Lester was represented in many important group exhibitions including the Biennale of Sydney in 1979 and Australian Perspecta in 1981 and 1985.

Lester was a finalist for fourteen consecutive years for the prestigious Archibald Competition, winning the Packer’s Prize in 1979, as well as receiving a number of major art awards and commissions. Her work is represented in many public, corporate and private art collections across Australia.

In addition, Kerrie was an influential educator, lecturing at the City Art Institute Sydney, the National Art School Sydney and Seaforth Technical College.


Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Australian National Museum, Canberra
BHP, Australia
Dusseldorp Collection, Horsham Regional Art Gallery
Horsham Regional Gallery
Mosman Regional Gallery
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Australia,The Print Collection
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale
Newcastle Region Art Gallery
Philip Morris Collection, National Gallery of Australia
Pymble Ladies College, Sydney
State Bank of New South Wales
The Children’s Hospital Westmead