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British artist '''Alan Lee''' (born [[August 20]], [[1947]]) has illustrated numerous Tolkien Calendars as well as books. Lee and [[John Howe]] were the lead conceptual designers for [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]].
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| name=Alan Lee
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| born=[[August 20]], [[1947]]
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| style=Realistic/Romantic
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| images=[[:Category:Images by Alan Lee|Gallery]]
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| location=Dartmoor, Cornwall, UK
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| website=[http://www.alan-lee.com/ Alan-lee.com]
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==Cameos==
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'''Alan Lee''' (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 [[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]].
Lee has two cameos in Peter Jackson's movies: he appears as one of the nine [[Nazgûl|Kings of Men]] in [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring|The Fellowship of the Ring]], and as a man of [[Rohan]] at the [[Hornburg]] in [[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers|The Two Towers]].
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==Books==
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==Life==
* [[The Children of Hurin]] (2007)
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At the advice of a friend, Alan Lee first 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|1}}. Lee was born in London, but moved to Dartmoor and married Marja Kruÿt. They have one daughter together, Virginia, but have since divorced{{ref|2}}.
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==Style==
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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|3}}.
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==[[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]]==
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On [[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|$}}. 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|5}}.
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===Cameos===
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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 [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring|The Fellowship of the Ring]], and as a man of [[Rohan]] at the armoury of the [[Hornburg]] in [[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers|The Two Towers]].
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==[[Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit]]==
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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|5}}.
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==Published works==
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===Books===
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* [[The Children of Húrin]] (2007)
 
* [[The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook]] (2005)
 
* [[The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook]] (2005)
 
* [[The Hobbit]] (1997)
 
* [[The Hobbit]] (1997)
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* [[The Lord of the Rings]] (1991)
 
* [[The Lord of the Rings]] (1991)
  
==Calendars==
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===Calendars===
 
* The Children of Húrin Calendar (2008)
 
* The Children of Húrin Calendar (2008)
 
* The Lord of the Rings Calendar (2007)
 
* The Lord of the Rings Calendar (2007)
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* [[February 29]], [[2004]] - [http://www.oscars.org/ Academy Award], Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (shared with Grant Major and Dan Hennah)
 
* [[February 29]], [[2004]] - [http://www.oscars.org/ Academy Award], Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (shared with Grant Major and Dan Hennah)
 
* [[2004]], [http://pressacademy.com/ Golden Sattelite Award], Best Art Direction (shared with see previous)
 
* [[2004]], [http://pressacademy.com/ Golden Sattelite Award], Best Art Direction (shared with see previous)
==See also==
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* [[:Category:Images by Alan Lee|Images by Alan Lee]]
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==References==
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# {{note|1}} [http://einsiders.com/features/interviews/alanlee.php Interview], EInsiders.com.
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# {{note|2}} [http://www.visionary-artist.co.uk/index.html Biography] of Marja Lee Kruÿt.
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# {{note|3}} [http://www.herenistarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=33 Interview], [[Heren Istarion|HerenIstarion.org]].
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# {{note|4}} "Disigning Middle-earth", [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]], Extended Edition.
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# {{note|5}} [http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2006/01/23/alan_lee_feature.shtml "Lord of the Drawings"], BBC Interview.
  
 
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* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0496769/ IMDb Profile]
 
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0496769/ IMDb Profile]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Lee Wikipedia Profile]
 
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Lee Wikipedia Profile]
 
===Interviews===
 
* [http://www.bordersstores.com/features/feature.jsp?file=leealan2 Five Questions with Alan Lee]
 
* [http://www.bordersstores.com/features/feature.jsp?file=leealan Tolkien's Vision: Artist Alan Lee on Bringing The Lord of the Rings to Film]
 
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2006/01/23/alan_lee_feature.shtml Lord of the Drawings]
 
* [http://www.herenistarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=33 Interview (Heren Istarion)]
 
* [http://www.theonering.net/perl/newsview/8/1102896338 Interview (TheOneRing.net)]
 
* [http://einsiders.com/features/interviews/alanlee.php Interview (Entertainment Insiders)]
 
* [http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=18983 Interview with Alan Lee (AintItCoolNews.com)]
 
  
 
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[[Category:Artists|Lee, Alan]]

Revision as of 09:36, 31 May 2008

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Alan Lee
Biographical information
BornAugust 20, 1947
StyleRealistic/Romantic
ImagesGallery
LocationDartmoor, Cornwall, UK
WebsiteAlan-lee.com

Alan Lee (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 Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.

Contents

Life

At the advice of a friend, Alan Lee first 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 HobbitTemplate:Ref. Lee was born in London, but moved to Dartmoor and married Marja Kruÿt. They have one daughter together, Virginia, but have since divorcedTemplate:Ref.

Style

In his paintings, Lee uses watercolour. He describes his style as a combination of Realistic and RomanticTemplate:Ref.

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings

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 yesTemplate: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 DartmoorTemplate:Ref.

Cameos

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.

Guillermo del Toro's The Hobbit

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"Template:Ref.

Published works

Books

Calendars

  • The Children of Húrin Calendar (2008)
  • The Lord of the Rings Calendar (2007)
  • The Tolkien Calendar (1993)

Awards

Artwork

Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson's The Two Towers

Peter Jackson's The Return of the King

References

  1. Template:Note Interview, EInsiders.com.
  2. Template:Note Biography of Marja Lee Kruÿt.
  3. Template:Note Interview, HerenIstarion.org.
  4. Template:Note "Disigning Middle-earth", Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, Extended Edition.
  5. Template:Note "Lord of the Drawings", BBC Interview.

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