Seb Lester's Arse, and other new works
Your eyes do not deceive you, the word 'arse' really has been hand carved in a block of Welsh slate. This is, in fact, one of a series of three new stone artworks unveiled by typographer and designer Seb Lester on his website today...
"I have decided there are two kinds of art I like, really clever art and really stupid art," says Lester by way of explanation of the above artwork, entiled Slate 2 which measures 25cm across. "Slate 2 is the latter," he continues. "I may be wrong but I don't think anyone in history has ever been stupid enough to design a set of monumental Roman capital letters and then commission a dignified and highly skilled craftsman to carve rude words into the finest Welsh slate using them."
Slate 1, meanwhile, features the word 'bollocks' and measures 50cm across. Slate 3 sees the F-word engraved in similar fashion. Each of the three pieces are one-offs and prices range from £700 to £1500.
The stone artworks aren't all that Lester's been working on. He's also been busy working on his calligraphy (spreads from his sketchbook, above and below) and has released two new signed and editioned prints showcasing his penmanship.
The first, The Voice of all the Gods (below) is screenprinted in Metallic Gold ink on black 594 x 420mm Plike 330gsm art paper in an edition of 100, priced at £75 a pop:
Here are some detail shots of one of the prints:
The second new print now available from Lester's online shop at seblester.bigcartel.com is called Do Not Go Gentle (£80) and features a Dylan Thomas poem foilblocked in gold on 594 x 420mm Midnight Blue Plike 140gsm stock in an edition of 200:
Lester has also just posted this short film in which he talks about his work and further showcases his skills with a pen:
See more of Lester's work at seblester.co.uk.
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Wow the video of his penmanship in action is amazing, as are the finished pieces!
I absolutely love these. Of course it's the childish rude words that I love the most the most. Sorry.
Watching the video gives me Typography envy. Sublime craftsmanship.
Hello Mark, Stuart and Adam, Thanks for the kind words. :-)
Amazing, have just typed 'bollocks' in as a font preview string on a rubbish new font download site and then came face to face with Seb's gorgeous slate interpretation of the word. Must dig out that Pistols album for the hat-trick. Great work Mr Lester.
This is quite wonderful. Rarely has art and mindless abuse been so beautifully aligned
There are very similar "naughty" works with vulgar words carved in stone; we studied them in my contemporary art class.
Great work Seb - reminds us of that mailer that Alison Carmichael sent me a few years ago with the c word beautifully crafted!