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==Life==
 
==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 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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Alan Lee was born in London, and attended the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ealing Ealing] School of Art{{ref|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]]''{{ref|2}}. He moved to Dartmoor and married Marja Kruÿt. They have one daughter together, Virginia, but have since divorced{{ref|3}}.  
  
==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|4}}.  
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]]==
 
==[[Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings]]==
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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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|5}}. 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|6}}.
  
===Cameos===
 
 
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]].
 
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]].
  
==[[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|6}}.
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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==Published artwork==
===Books===
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* The Children of Húrin Calendar (2008)
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* The Lord of the Rings Calendar (2007)
 
* [[The Children of Húrin]] (2007)
 
* [[The Children of Húrin]] (2007)
 
* [[The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook]] (2005)
 
* [[The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook]] (2005)
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* [[Realms of Tolkien|Realms of Tolkien: Images of Middle-earth]] (1996)
 
* [[Realms of Tolkien|Realms of Tolkien: Images of Middle-earth]] (1996)
 
* [[Tolkien's Ring]] (1994)
 
* [[Tolkien's Ring]] (1994)
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* [[The 1993 J.R.R. Tolkien Calendar|The Tolkien Calendar]] (1993)
 
* [[The Return of the King]] (1992)
 
* [[The Return of the King]] (1992)
 
* [[The Two Towers]] (1992)
 
* [[The Two Towers]] (1992)
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* [[Tolkien's World; Paintings of Middle-earth]] (1992)
 
* [[Tolkien's World; Paintings of Middle-earth]] (1992)
 
* [[The Lord of the Rings]] (1991)
 
* [[The Lord of the Rings]] (1991)
 
===Calendars===
 
* The Children of Húrin Calendar (2008)
 
* The Lord of the Rings Calendar (2007)
 
* The Tolkien Calendar (1993)
 
  
 
==Awards==
 
==Awards==
===Artwork===
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* [[1998]] - [http://www.worldfantasy.org/awards/1998.html World Fantasy Award], Best Artist.  
* [[October 29]]-[[September 1]], [[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, [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]
===[[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]===
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* [[2003]] - [http://www.vesawards.com/ VES Award], Best Effects Art Direction in a Motion Picture, [[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]]
* [[January 7]], [[2002]] - [http://www.nbrmp.org/ NBR Award], Best Production Design/Art Direction (shared with [[Grant Major]], Joe Bleakley, [[Dan Hennah]], Philip Ivey, Rob Outterside, Mark Robins, Tanea Chapman, Victoria McKenzie)
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* [[2004]] - [http://www.oscars.org/ Academy Award], Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, [[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]]
===[[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers]]===
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* [[2004]] -  [http://pressacademy.com/ Golden Satellite Award], Best Art Direction, Peter Jackson's The Return of the King
* [[February 19]], [[2003]] - [http://www.vesawards.com/ VES Award], Best Effects Art Direction in a Motion Picture (shared with [[Jeremy Bennett]], [[Christian Rivers]] and [[Gino Acevedo]])
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===[[Peter Jackson's The Return of the King]]===
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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)
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* [[2004]] -  [http://pressacademy.com/ Golden Satellite Award], Best Art Direction (shared with see previous)
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==References==
 
==References==
 
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# {{note|1}} [http://einsiders.com/features/interviews/alanlee.php Interview], EInsiders.com.
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# {{note|1}} [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0496769/bio IMDb biography]
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# {{note|2}} [http://einsiders.com/features/interviews/alanlee.php Interview], EInsiders.com.
 
# {{note|2}} [http://www.visionary-artist.co.uk/index.html Biography] of Marja Lee Kruÿt.  
 
# {{note|2}} [http://www.visionary-artist.co.uk/index.html Biography] of Marja Lee Kruÿt.  
 
# {{note|3}} [http://www.herenistarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=33 Interview], [[North East Tolkien Society|HerenIstarion.org]].  
 
# {{note|3}} [http://www.herenistarion.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37&Itemid=33 Interview], [[North East Tolkien Society|HerenIstarion.org]].  

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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.

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Life

Alan Lee was born in London, and attended the Ealing School of ArtTemplate: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 HobbitTemplate:Ref. He moved to Dartmoor and married Marja Kruÿt. They have one daughter together, Virginia, but have since divorcedTemplate:Ref.

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.

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"Template:Ref.

Published artwork

Awards

References

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