|Born||August 20, 1947|
|Location||Dartmoor, Cornwall, UK|
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.
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.
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.
- The Children of Húrin (2007)
- The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook (2005)
- The Hobbit (1997)
- Realms of Tolkien: Images of Middle-earth (1996)
- Tolkien's Ring (1994)
- The Return of the King (1992)
- The Two Towers (1992)
- The Fellowship of the Ring (1992)
- Tolkien's World; Paintings of Middle-earth (1992)
- The Lord of the Rings (1991)
- The Children of Húrin Calendar (2008)
- The Lord of the Rings Calendar (2007)
- The Tolkien Calendar (1993)
- January 7, 2002 - 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)
- February 19, 2003 - VES Award, Best Effects Art Direction in a Motion Picture (shared with Jeremy Bennett, Christian Rivers and Gino Acevedo)
- February 29, 2004 - Academy Award, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (shared with Grant Major and Dan Hennah)
- 2004 - Golden Satellite Award, Best Art Direction (shared with see previous)
- Template:Note Interview, EInsiders.com.
- Template:Note Biography of Marja Lee Kruÿt.
- Template:Note Interview, HerenIstarion.org.
- Template:Note "Disigning Middle-earth", Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, Extended Edition.
- Template:Note "Lord of the Drawings", BBC Interview.