Sir John Seerey-Lester – Wildlife Artist, Loses Cancer Battle

Wildlife artist Sir John Seerey-Lester passed away May 19, after a short battle with cancer.  His new book will be published later this year and his legacy will continue.

The world of Wildlife Art lost one of its giants with the recent passing of John Seerey-Lester, of Osprey, Florida.  Born and raised in England, John relocated to America in 1980.  He loved his adopted country and became a citizen in 2012.  He is survived by his wife Suzie and his son, John Jr.

With work hanging in the White House, as well as museum collections, private homes and assemblages all around the world, John Seerey-Lester is world renowned as one of the top wildlife artists on the planet.  He was known for his mystical and mysterious animals and was frequently called “The Godfather of Wildlife Art.”

Known for constantly changing his game, several years ago he started the “Legends of the Hunt” book series.  He wrote all the true stories and he created over 100 images for each of the three books (Legends of the Hunt, Campfire Tales, and The Legendary Hunts of Theodore Roosevelt).  His fourth book, Legendary Hunters and Explorers, will be published later this year.   John’s favorite thing to paint was Theodore Roosevelt. He was named “The Preeminent modern-day painter of Theodore Roosevelt.”

He was Knighted by His Imperial and Royal Highness, Archduke Andreas of Austria for his work in conservation.  He and his wife Suzie received the Sime Combes Award for Conservation in 2014 from Artists for Conservation. The Society of Animal Artists presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.  He also just received the NRA’s Hunter’s Leadership Forum Award for his work in conservation.

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