Normal History Vol. 621: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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 37-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

New York Times writer Nick Marino bought two of my $100 USD paintings quite a while ago and subsequently became intrigued with the artist residency project. We spoke for a couple of hours back in August, and then, months later, a NYT fact checker asked me about 50 questions ensuring that it was all fit to print. The rest may or may not be history.

Are You Hungry Joe?” from Mecca Normal (Smarten UP!, 1986; reissued by K, 1995) (download):