Christine Lee - Sculptor Extraordinaire

This July I went to a private opening of Christine Lee’s Studio near Sidmouth in Devon. Christine’s studio is in a converted barn out in the countryside. Christine says that it is a great place to work in the warmer months but she doesn’t work here in the winter when the studio becomes too cold.

Christine offered Pim cocktails and Lemonade plus lots of yummy h’orderves to guests as we chatted and enjoyed her art. She had many of her works on view including large and small sculptures and many sketches and paintings. Christine Lee is a Devon based sculptor with a long history of creating figurative art. She mainly paints nudes, cats, children and dogs (from what I’ve seen). Her sculpture is varied as she makes both indoor and outdoor sculpture and large and small sizes. Here are some examples...

This piece, the Great Acorn, was in the garden outside of Christine’s studio

And this piece was on display in Christine’s workshop.

Christine Lee also had several versions of her world famous Swan Sculpture, the original of which can be seen in Stratford upon Avon. The smaller version is displayed on a marble base and great from any direction that you look at it.

For those who might not know the Swan Theatre is built next to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. The original Swan Theatre in London was one of the biggest and most distinguished theatres of its time.. Here is a sketch and also a photo of what the Swan Theatre looked like and what the RSC Swan Theatre looks like now. Stratford has a long history of friendly relations with swans. A pair of swans were given in 1867 by Rev G J Granville to the ‘corporation’ of Stratford and these and their decendents became known as the Stratford Swans. Sadly their progeny were also eaten at feasts and on special occasions. I wonder if this may have something to do with the swans in Christine’s sculpture ^~^



Here is Her Majesty the Queen inaugurating Christine Lee’s fountain in Stratford-upon-Avon. It is easy to see why Christine’s sculpture was chosen to honour the 800th Anniversary of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place and final resting place of Shakespeare.... ^~^


Also of special note was that the Mayor of Budleigh Salterton was at Christine’s opening with his lovely wife. He wore an extravagant necklace with the names of previous mayors engraved on it. Wish I could remember the name of that necklace....

Thanks Christine for a great time!

‘till next time

over and out from Chanya Pepper