Regular updates on current projects and events.
Creative Review Interview
29 Apr, 2016
Big thanks to Mark Sinclair at Creative Review for interviewing me for their bumper May 2016 issue. The issue is about social media and I describe how social media has helped to shape my career. I'm pleased how the article turned out. This issue of Creative Review is a special double issue and includes their Annual. It is available to buy now at all the usual places.
One Million Followers on Instagram
28 Mar, 2016
As of this week I have one million followers on Instagram. I find this pretty unbelievable. It's a respectable following for a pop star, let alone a nerd with a lot of pens. It's also an important milestone for me terms of my long term plans as an artist. It's a target I set for myself at the start of this year and one I've managed to achieve much sooner than anticipated. To anyone following me on social media, thank you sincerely for taking an interest in my work. I would also like to say do not ever underestimate the power of passion, hard work and extreme determination.
Speaking at OFFSET Dublin 2016, 8-10th April, 2016
22 Mar, 2016
I am speaking at Offset Dublin next month. The conference runs from 8-10th April 2016 and they have an amazing line-up of speakers this year. Do check out the speakers schedule. It is one of the biggest conferences of its kind and I'm looking forward to visiting Dublin for the first time.
Seb Lester x VNA Magazine Limited Edition Box Set
18 Mar, 2016
VNA Magazine have worked closely with me to produce a beautiful screen-printed box set. Available to buy exclusively from artrepublic, Brighton, on Good Friday, 25th March, 2016. We will be launching the edition from 6pm, with drinks provided and I will be in attendance to sign magazines. As a special Easter treat, we will be holding an Easter egg hunt at the event, with the chance to win a small original piece of art from myself with your name in gold leaf.
Each imprint comes complete with a screen-printed magazine and presentation sleeve and a copy of 'Passion', a brand new signed, numbered foil block print by myself. Stamped and numbered, this is a small edition of only 150, priced at £50 per set. A small amount of box sets will be available to purchase online after the launch from www.verynearlyalmost.com.
I am the cover artist for VNA Magazine, issue 33
14 Mar, 2016
I am pleased to announce that the new VNA Magazine is out, and they put some guy called Seb Lester on the cover. VNA is an art magazine that documents art culture and I'm grateful for the cover feature and the lengthy article about my work. The magazine is available to buy now and they ship worldwide.
Speaking at PromaxBDA Europe Conference 2016, March 14-15, 2016
26 Feb, 2016
I am pleased to announce I am a keynote speaker at the PromaxBDA Europe Conference that takes place in Barcelona on 14-15th March, 2016. There are some great speakers lined up, including legendary musician and composer Nile Rodgers who has produced music for the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson and David Bowie. I will be speaking about my career from student beginnings to the present day. I have a section in my presentation on how I ended up designing a logo for a NASA Space Mission. I also describe how I ended up with over 1.5 million followers on social media. The tone of the talk is intended to be both entertaining and inspiring. You can register for the conference here.
I am speaking at LADFEST Conference in Lima, Peru
07 Jan, 2016
I am pleased to announce I am going to be speaking at LADFEST in Lima, Peru next month. I will also be doing a calligraphy workshop. An incredible roster of talent lined up including Stefan Sagmeister, Yuko Shimizu and Stockhom Design Lab. The Latin American Design event runs from 11-13th February, 2016. Check the LADFEST website now for full details and tickets.
Happy New Year
07 Jan, 2016
Happy New Year everyone. I just wanted to thank you all for taking an interest in my work. My adventures on social media were one of the highlights of 2015. Over 3.9 million likes on 192 posts on Instagram in 2015 for example. One of my calligraphy compilations got over 100 million views on Facebook. Over 1.4 million accounts following me in total. Such big plans for my art career in 2016, I want this year to be all about progression. I will tell you more soon. It is daunting but I'm going to give it everything I've got. I hope 2016 is a great year for all of you.
Tiffany & Co Christmas Campaign
07 Jan, 2016
I did some calligraphy for Tiffany & Co in the run up to Christmas. You can see the results on their official Instagram page. I am mainly focusing on art at the moment but a design project like this is obviously very prestigious and sits well with my objectives moving into 2016.
Interviewed by German Broadcaster DW-TV
07 Jan, 2016
I was interviewed about my work by the German Broadcaster DW-TV for their Euromaxx show. You can see the interview here. DW-TV is the German equivalent of the BBC World Service, so the piece was broadcast all over the world. It was an experiment for me. There is something incongruous about being an introvert and sitting in front of a TV camera, but I felt I needed to take the opportunity I created for myself. Ultimately I’m pleased to get mainstream publicity for my work and calligraphy as a whole. I feel, to achieve the things I want to, I need to get outside of my comfort zone occasionally and this was certainly one of several instances of that last year.