The Margaret Thatcher Library, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya  

Ray Nestor Art Gallery

Ray Nestor's paintings in Margaret Thatcher Library, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya, were donated by Mrs. Dorothy Nestor to the Michael Blundell Universities Trust to be loaned to Moi University as a memorial to her husband Thomas Ray L'strange Nestor.

Nandi Adults Nandi Youth Vegetation Mountains Wildlife Waterfalls The Coast Fishermen & Dhows Home

Ray Nestor was born in India in October 1888. He came to Kenya in 1912 as a surveyor and in 1932 - 1950 farmed at Kipkarren where he did most of his painting.
Ray Nestor died in England in June 1989.

Ray Nestor modesty as a printer stood between him and the wider recognition of his work.
He never courted publicity being content to record his impressions of a fascinating country and its diverse peoples for his own satisfaction and that of his friends.

In all his time in Africa, Ray Nestor was seldom without his paints and sketch book, alert to capture the fugitive moment:
  • An old woman in her beads and bangles drawing on her long pipe
  • A dhow in full sail beyond the coral reef outside Mombasa harbour
  • The stupendous view from his farm house over down and forest, rolling away towards Mount Elgon;
  • A pair of rhinos threading their way through the bush under the snows of Kilimanjaro
These sketches are what they claim to be, with all their freshness sponteneity and transcience of the sketch as against the setpiece.

The dragonfly of art, as against the studied landscape over which it hovers.

  Ray Nestor in his youth
Index of paintings Acknowledgement

Copyright 2000 Dorothy Nestor.
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