Normal History Vol. 551: 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 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

It’s not just business. It’s everything we’ve worked on for the past 35 years wrapped up in a location where other artists can come and stay for free while they work on projects that intend to change the world. I’m nearly ready to buy the property, but I’m taking a last-minute chance and offering 5% of my net profit from my $100 USD paintings in exchange for a $100K USD investment to get a place that functions as accommodation, an artist residency program and an art gallery as opposed to the lowest price house in the region and all that implies.

“Beaten Down” from Mecca Normal (Smarten UP!, 1986) (download):