Sadly, with his wife Suzie at
his side, John lost his battle with cancer on May 19, 2020.
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Click above image to view a Zoom presentation / interview with
Suzie Seerey-Lester .
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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 todays wildlife
and historic artists.
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 has continued
to travel the world in search of images, over the years, preferring
to paint from life. 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. It was a visit to East Africa over 35 years ago that
gave birth to his interest in wildlife. Published by Mill Pond
Press, John has had over 400 different limited edition prints
produced over the years, which led to him being one of the most
sought after artists.
this, in his native England, John worked as a journalist, magazine
editor and local government press officer before gaining enormous
popularity in his home country for paintings of nostalgic scenes
of the Victorian and Edwardian era. Now he has combined that
early fascination for historic themes with his continuing interest
in wildlife to capture in paint, the golden age of the White
Hunter and the hunting heritage of North America. In a new series
of paintings, John is revisiting the late 1800s and early
1900s in what is becoming his most successful work.
has gained a reputation over the years for producing images with
a narrative and which are both mysterious and mystical. Now he
has taken this skill to produce a remarkable series of paintings
depicting historic hunts of safari legends.
has 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 this year, by his Imperial and Royal Highness
Archduke Andreas of Austria. Johns investiture took place
in Houston, Texas, on March 23, 2013.
|He was presented to His Royal Highness Prince
Phillip and was commended for his work in conservation. He has
been chosen to exhibit works in the prestigious Leigh Yawkey
Woodson Art Museums Birds in Art and Wildlife:
An Artists View, shows each year since 1983 and his
paintings are in their permanent collection. He has been made
Master or Featured Artist for nearly every major wildlife art
show over the years. He has also 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.
is on the board of The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the Board
of Artists for Conservation, and has a regular column in Sporting
Classics Magazine. You will frequently find him featured along
with his paintings in numerous magazines such Sarasota Magazine,
Dallas Safari Clubs GameTrails, the NRAs American
Rifleman, and Ring of Freedom, as well as Informart,
African Hunter, Sports Afield, Wildlife Art,
Western and American Art Collectors. He is a member of
The Society of Animal Artists, Artists for Conservation, Oil
Painters of America, and a founding member of Southern Plein
book on his life and work was released in November 1991. The
book, Face to Face with Nature: The Art of John Seerey-Lester,
sold out in 1995. A second book titled Impressions of India
and Nepal, based on his fieldwork there, was published soon
after. His more recent book Painting Wildlife with John Seerey-Lester,
which was published in 2003, has also sold out. His book Useppa
A Passage in Time was published in October 2007. Useppa
won a Silver Medal for its images and outstanding historical
||Now, Sporting Classics Magazine will
publish a much-awaited sequel to the award-winning book, Legends
of the Hunt. Titled Legends of the Hunt
Campfire Tales, the large format book will feature over
120 exquisite paintings and some 60 nail-biting stories, covering
the remarkable true-life adventures of many of the worlds
greatest hunters, conservationists and explorers. You will read
several stories about people such as Theodore Roosevelt, and
J.A. Hunter; The true story of Grizzly Adams; Harrowing stories
involving William Hornaday and Ernest Thompson Seton. And a heart-wrenching
story about Carl Akeley involving events, which would forever
change his life. There are many other legends in the spellbinding
book, which brings to life all the tales that were told around
the campfire for the last 150 years.
the smoke from the campfire, feel the freezing rain pierce your
skin, and taste the dust from the safari, as you view the magnificent
paintings that accompany each story. You will find yourself drifting
back in time to join these legendary hunts and hear all about
the campfire stories.
new book Legends of the Hunt Campfire Tales
is available now.
its a remarkable journey one that you will treasure
2013 John was knighted by His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke
Andreas of Austria, for his work in conservation. He is now known
as Sir John Seerey-Lester.
John & Suzie Seerey-Lester
The Simon Combes Award For Conservation
Suzie and John Seerey-Lester accepting
Simon Combes Award for Conservation, September, 2014
and Suzie Seerey-Lester returned from Canada as proud recipients
of the prestigious Simon Combes Award for Conservation.
couple said they were very honored to receive the award (a magnificent
bronze sculpture by Peter Gray of South Africa). It was presented
to them jointly at the annual Artists for Conservation (AFC)
festival on the breathtaking Grouse Mountain Resort in Vancouver,
event was of particular significance to the Seerey-Lesters because
of their friendship with the English Artist, Simon Combes, for
whom the award is named, who died tragically after being attacked
by a Cape buffalo in Africa some ten years ago.
Seerey-Lesters have been involved in raising funds for conservation
for over 30 years. John has raised millions of dollars personally
to save African and American wildlife and habitat. Both devote
a large amount of time every year raising funds for their favorite
In 2019, John Seerey-Lester
SAA Lifetime Achievement Award
Click the above image to watch a YouTube
video of the presentation of the award to John.
(YouTube video courtesy
lived in Florida, with his wife and fellow award winning wildlife
artist Suzie whom he married in January 2000 on Useppa Island,
in Southwest Florida.
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