Sculpture and constructions by artist Rob Lee
Welcome to the Soho Mountains — a website showcasing my artwork.
I make sculpture and constructions, and have also made props for many major films, including Tim Burton’s Batman and Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars Episode One, and Gladiator.
I have exhibited widely, and my work is in private collections worldwide, including Gloria Von Thurn und Taxis, and the late Prince Rogers Nelson, otherwise known as ‘Prince,’ who owned the sculpture – Caught Between the Lines.
“To say that Rob Lee possesses a magpie mind may be stating the obvious. But how else do you describe someone who collects, selects, rejects and creates such inspirational and surprising pieces.
Shock is not Lee’s tactic. He is not interested in the short-lived, maxi-hyped world of certain media touted ‘visionaries’. What he is keen to convey is a much broader, more exciting and ultimately richer experience of weaving elements together, be they plastic tubes, salvaged wood, a child’s plaything or urban flotsam.
There are no hard and fast rules in Lee’s world. All possibilities are open to him. Yet, through the seeming clutter and debris of the pieces, a memorable signature emerges which is undeniably and unmistakably his own.
His work harnesses the tragic, the dramatic, the affectionate and the unashamedly comic. Art is serious but it is also fun and Lee never forgets that.” — ROBIN DUTT
“I normally only peer through art gallery windows on my way to the local, but the work of sculptor Rob Lee exhibited at the Crucial Gallery, really grabbed me. He works with salvaged wood, glass fibre, plastic tubes and hundreds of tiny figures — amazing what you can do with old toys, some Superglue and a bit of imagination.” – JONATHAN ROSS
“Bottle tops, electric flex, computer chips, motors and plastic dentures. Hmm, not exactly ideal sculpting materials. but in the hands of the Sussex-based artist Rob Lee, they are glued and riveted into the most extraordinary structures and invested with an uncannily mechanical life force that makes you wonder if they might not accompany you around the exhibition.
Lee reckons his interest in all things technological and mechanised was sparked off by a near fatal accident which left him suddenly captivated by the manufactured bric-a-brac that most of us toss into our dustbins. Thankfully, his career has been anything but rubbish, with his works finding their way into the collections of celebs like Princess Gloria Von Thurn and Prince. The human form is the basic building block, although this exhibition offers everything from life-size busts and doll-like miniature robotic bodies to heavy-duty wall-hung constructions that feature globes and bird’s wings. Some pieces, like the Pulsing Brain bust, are motorised, bathed in phosphorescent light while a dark blob of a brain throbs in a slow and sinister rhythm. In his Last Supper, the eyes truly become the windows of the soul as you look inside the metal head to see chemical warfare soldiers, a cow and a pink doll dancing some strange sadistic ritual.
The idea is an old one: turning everyday waste into beautiful, kooky sculptures, but Lee’s inventive use of his bits and bobs – multi-coloured flex becomes dreadlocks, a meat grinder becomes a skull – and attention to detail make his figures intriguingly eye-catching. And lots of fun.” — DANNY SCOTT