• untitled (#0007-LVWD)

    cut-paper collage on board
    11x14”  |  2015

  • selection from the “Louis Vuitton” series

    cut-paper collage on board
    12x16”  |  2015

  • luxury house drawing suite (installation prototype, detail)

  • untitled animation cell drawing

    ink on layered vellum
    11x14”  |  2017

  • big pink

    cut-paper collage on canvas
    60x48”  |  2017

  • L.L.Q.P.H.

    cut-paper collage on canvas
    16x20”  |  2016

  • selections from the COLOR(ED) THEORY series

    acrylic on canvas
    variable  |  2014

  • untitled

    cut-paper collage
    10x8.5  |  2016

  • bouquet for a special friend and/or memorial for a murdered black child

    cut-paper collage
    36" round   |  2015


Memphis, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking, Drawing, Installation

Lester Julian Merriweather (b.1978) is a Memphis-based visual artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. He holds an MFA from Memphis College of Art and a BA from Jackson State University. Merriweather has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. at various venues such as the Studio Museum (New York, NY), CAM (St. Louis, MO), TOPS Gallery, Crosstown Arts, and Powerhouse (Memphis, TN), Diverseworks (Houston, TX), Stella Jones Gallery (New Orleans, LA), and Atlanta Contemporary (Atlanta, GA). He has also exhibited internationally at the Zacheta National Gallery (Warsaw, Poland). Merriweather served as the first Curatorial Director of the Jones Gallery & the Martha & Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis from 2010-2016. He worked on the Board of Directors for Number, Inc. independent journal where he created the Art of the South exhibition series. He is a founding member of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and the artsAccelerator Grant Panel. He served as the Curatorial Consultant for the PPF Contemporary Art Collection (Memphis, TN). He is Emeritus for the Advisory Panel of TONE Memphis. Merriweather is participating in Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage. Originating at The Frist Art Museum (Nashville, TN), the exhibition travels to The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX) and The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.).

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Lester Merriweather's collages use imagery from printed advertising material in fashion and lifestyle magazines. In re-contextualizing these images, Merriweather examines ads and media materials that promote notions of racial prominence and inferiority.

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