Normal History Vol. 376: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Excerpt from a letter of high praise, that reveals a comparison of David Lester’s artwork on the cover of the summer edition of British Columbia History magazine with that of Henry Moore, the seminal British sculptor.

“As much as I’ve benefited from listening to and experiencing your music, your visual art has struck me even more strongly. When I was in my 20s, I remember having a similarly strong response to the sculpture of Henry Moore. Until seeing your work, I thought for sure that that response (which I can’t yet describe adequately) would remain singular.

It shouldn’t go without saying thank you for that. You’ve put a lot of good energy into a world that sorely needs it.”

—John Brodeur, clinical instructor in education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Every Wrong Word” from the album The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) (download):