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 new stone artworks unveiled by typographer and designer Seb Lester on his website today…

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 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:

New works from Seb Lester from Seb Lester on Vimeo.

See more of Lester’s work at


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