The works of American painter Steven Lester will be featured at an Olympic-themed exhibition at the RobertKent Galleries in Marietta, Ga., on Friday, July 23.
Known for his paintings that depict action sports themes that resonate with vibrant life and elicit a visceral and emotional response, Lester was the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Sport Artist of the Year.
The show includes 13 narrative paintings of untold or under told Olympic stories. Lester’s particular style of ‘narrative’ art lends itself well to telling the unique stories of Olympic Athletes.
“I see with my heart and I paint with my hands, but I always desire to provoke fascination, imagination and wonder,” Lester said.
Lester was invited to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to present an exhibition of his Olympic-themed paintings on a global stage. Due to the pandemic and international travel restrictions, his Tokyo exhibit is postponed until 2022 and his work is now being featured locally.
“As we prepare for the ultimate sports event, the Olympics, where athletes from around the world gather and share their passion and love their sport and country…we are honored to have Steven Lester and a body of his work at our Gallery,” Robert Tuchman, owner of RobertKent Galleries, said. “His amazing work embodies the essence of these games and the stories behind his pieces will amaze you – the courage to overcome and be the best in the world will bring tears of joy to you.”
RobertKent Galleries is located just off the square in Marietta, Ga. For more information, call (770) 630-7193 or visit www.robertkentgalleries.com.
Tow of Lester’s works are on public display at the American Sport Art Museum & Archives on the Academy campus in Daphne, Ala. The first, titled “Courage to Soar,” depicts gymnast Simone Biles at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The other depicts football referees huddled together making a call during a game.
Steven Lester is a native of Atlanta and currently resides and works in Cherokee County. He is a highly sought after award winning artist with nearly four decades of creative experience. He has traveled extensively and painted internationally in three countries of the Soviet Union, as well as India, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean. His work is now in demand by corporations such as McDonald’s, The Coca Cola Company and REI COOP. He was selected as the 2019 International “Sports Artist of the Year” by the United States Sports Academy and the American Sports Art Museum and Archives. For more information about the artist, go to www.stevenlesterartstudios.com.
Robert Tuchman started RobertKent Galleries in 2010 and began traveling the southeast providing a one of kind experience for top interior designers and their clients. He has worked with several hundred designers bringing the art into homes and businesses, working with them to find the perfect experience and artwork for their clients. He and his wife, Holly, opened a fine arts gallery and custom frame shop on the Historic Square in Marietta at 85 Church Street in June 2017. With the growing art scene in Marietta and the growing array of artists RobertKent Galleries represents, this was the perfect place to expand RobertKent Galleries and bring Robert’s years of experience of finding and placing the right art for your home or business.