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'''Alan Lee''', born August 20th, 1947 has illustrated numerous Tolkien Calendars as well as books. Lee and [[John Howe]] were also lead artists for [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]].
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'''Alan Lee''' (b. [[20 August|August 20]], [[1947]]) is a renowned British artist. He has illustrated numerous Tolkien Calendars as well as books. Lee and [[John Howe]] were the lead conceptual designers for [[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]].
[http://www.alan-lee.com Official Website]
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==Life==
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Alan Lee was born in London, and attended the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ealing Ealing] School of Art.<ref>[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0496769/bio IMDb biography]</ref> At the advice of a friend, he read ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'' when he was 17, and it greatly influenced his professional work. He had at that time never heard of [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] or ''[[The Hobbit]]''.<ref>[http://einsiders.com/features/interviews/alanlee.php Interview], EInsiders.com.</ref> He moved to Dartmoor and married Marja Kruÿt. They have one daughter together, Virginia.<ref>[http://www.visionary-artist.co.uk/index.html Biography] of Marja Lee Kruÿt.</ref><ref>[http://www.herenistarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=33 Interview], [[North East Tolkien Society|HerenIstarion.org]].</ref>
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Alan has suffered many deaths in his lifetime, including his father's when he was only 13 years of age.
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In his paintings, Lee uses watercolour. He describes his style as a combination of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(visual_arts) Realistic] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanticism Romantic].<ref>"Designing Middle-earth", [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]], Extended Edition.</ref>
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==[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring]]==
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Two pieces of artwork were used in the epilogue of this game; one with [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]], and one with [[Gollum]]. He does not appear in the game's credits.
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==[[The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy]]==
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On [[13 November|November 13]], [[1997]], New Zealand filmmaker [[Peter Jackson]] sent a parcel containing [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116344/ "Forgotten Silver"] and [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110005/  "Heavenly Creatures"], and a letter explaining an upcoming movie project, then still for Miramax. Jackson was greatly inspired by Lee, and wanted him to be part of the crew. Lee watched the movies, and phoned back 3,5 hours later to say yes.<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2006/01/23/alan_lee_feature.shtml "Lord of the Drawings"], BBC Interview.</ref> Three weeks later he flew to New Zealand, where he and [[John Howe]] joined the [[Weta Workshop]]. He would live in New Zealand for six years, before returning to Dartmoor.<ref name="designing">"Designing Middle-earth", [[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]], Extended Edition.</ref> His daughter Virginia also worked on the movie; one of her contributions was woodwork for the throne of [[Théoden]].<ref name="designing"/>
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Lee has two cameos in Peter Jackson's movies: he appears as the second from the right of the nine [[Nazgûl|Kings of Men]] in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring|The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', and as a man of [[Rohan]] at the armoury of the [[Hornburg]] in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers|The Two Towers]]''.
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Lee has expressed interest in working on ''The Hobbit'', "[B]ut it would have to be a pretty special film to match the experience of working on The Lord of the Rings".<ref>[http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2006/01/23/alan_lee_feature.shtml "Lord of the Drawings"], BBC Interview.</ref>
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==Published artwork==
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* [[1984]]: ''Castles'' (text by [[David Day]])
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* [[1991]]: ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''
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* [[1992]]: ''[[Tolkien's World: Paintings of Middle-earth]]''
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* [[1992]]: ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]''
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* [[1992]]: ''[[The Two Towers]]''
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* [[1992]]: ''[[The Return of the King]]''
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* [[1993]]: ''[[The 1993 J.R.R. Tolkien Calendar|Tolkien Calendar]]
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* [[1994]]: ''[[Tolkien's Ring]]''
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* [[1994]]: ''[[Realms of Tolkien|Realms of Tolkien: Images of Middle-earth]]
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* [[1997]]: ''[[The Hobbit]]''
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* [[2005]]: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook]]''
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* [[2007]]: ''[[The Children of Húrin]]''
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* [[2007]]: ''The Lord of the Rings Calendar''
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* [[2008]]: ''The Children of Húrin Calendar''
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* [[2008]]: ''[[Tales from the Perilous Realm]]
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==Awards==
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* [[1998]] - '''[http://www.worldfantasy.org/awards/1998.html World Fantasy Award]''', Best Artist.
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* [[2002]] - '''[http://www.nbrmp.org/ NBR Award]''', Best Production Design/Art Direction, ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''
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* [[2003]] - '''[http://www.vesawards.com/ VES Award]''', Best Effects Art Direction in a Motion Picture, ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]''
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* [[2004]] - '''[http://www.oscars.org/ Academy Award]''', Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]''
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* [[2004]] -  '''[http://pressacademy.com/ Golden Satellite Award]''', Best Art Direction, ''Peter Jackson's The Return of the King''
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==Bibliography, selected==
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*[[2008]]: ''[[Tales from the Perilous Realm]]''
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**"Afterword"
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==See also==
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* [[:Category:Images by Alan Lee|Images by Alan Lee]]
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== External Links ==
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* {{WP|Alan Lee}}
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* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0496769/ Alan Lee] at [http://www.imdb.com IMDb]
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Alan Lee
Biographical information
BornAugust 20, 1947
StyleRealistic/Romantic
ImagesGallery
LocationDartmoor, Cornwall, UK

Alan Lee (b. August 20, 1947) is a renowned British artist. He has illustrated numerous Tolkien Calendars as well as books. Lee and John Howe were the lead conceptual designers for The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy.

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Life

Alan Lee was born in London, and attended the Ealing School of Art.[1] At the advice of a friend, he read The Lord of the Rings when he was 17, and it greatly influenced his professional work. He had at that time never heard of J.R.R. Tolkien or The Hobbit.[2] He moved to Dartmoor and married Marja Kruÿt. They have one daughter together, Virginia.[3][4]

Alan has suffered many deaths in his lifetime, including his father's when he was only 13 years of age.

In his paintings, Lee uses watercolour. He describes his style as a combination of Realistic and Romantic.[5]

Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring

Two pieces of artwork were used in the epilogue of this game; one with Frodo and Sam, and one with Gollum. He does not appear in the game's credits.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy

On November 13, 1997, New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson sent a parcel containing "Forgotten Silver" and "Heavenly Creatures", and a letter explaining an upcoming movie project, then still for Miramax. Jackson was greatly inspired by Lee, and wanted him to be part of the crew. Lee watched the movies, and phoned back 3,5 hours later to say yes.[6] Three weeks later he flew to New Zealand, where he and John Howe joined the Weta Workshop. He would live in New Zealand for six years, before returning to Dartmoor.[7] His daughter Virginia also worked on the movie; one of her contributions was woodwork for the throne of Théoden.[7]

Lee has two cameos in Peter Jackson's movies: he appears as the second from the right of the nine Kings of Men in The Fellowship of the Ring, and as a man of Rohan at the armoury of the Hornburg in The Two Towers.

Lee has expressed interest in working on The Hobbit, "[B]ut it would have to be a pretty special film to match the experience of working on The Lord of the Rings".[8]

Published artwork

Awards

Bibliography, selected

See also

External Links

References

  1. IMDb biography
  2. Interview, EInsiders.com.
  3. Biography of Marja Lee Kruÿt.
  4. Interview, HerenIstarion.org.
  5. "Designing Middle-earth", The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Extended Edition.
  6. "Lord of the Drawings", BBC Interview.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Designing Middle-earth", The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Extended Edition.
  8. "Lord of the Drawings", BBC Interview.