Photo of Robert H Lee, artist

Born in Bingley, West Yorkshire and trained at The Royal College of Art, Robert H. Lee was a highly regarded artist and craftsman.


The posthumous retrospective exhibition, ‘A Life In Art’ at The Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, West Yorkshire, featured the full range of his work from montages to paintings and drawings, many of which were offered for sale for the first time. His work can now be purchased by contacting his daughters, Vanessa or Joanna ( see Contacts / More Info page




 “Robert Lee, appreciated by generations of students in this region, was an exemplar in his commitment to his own practice and his complete involvement in art.


 A dedicated, inspirational teacher, he produced a substantial body of work, which found ready buyers even before he left The Royal College of Art in 1947. This early work is now coming back onto the market and attracting buyers anxious to extend their collections of post-war English painting.


 In an art world largely seduced by conceptualism, an artist craftsman of his status will be a very good investment as well as a rich source of pleasure.


 This exhibition of work from the artist’s estate, presents a unique opportunity to explore the range of his ouvré in a highly appropriate Northern setting and to purchase fine examples of Robert Lee’s work.”


Ann Seabourne  - Artist




Throughout a career spanning more than sixty years, Robert Lee consistently explored a wide range of media in both two and three dimensions.


 Early work in traditional painting media and the graphic arts, including printmaking and lithography, led to an increasing exploration of mixed media approaches in:


 * Drawing; using pencil, graphite and charcoal, ink and felt tip pens, also coloured and aqua pencils. These were combined in later works with collage, photomontage and gouache.


* Painting; using acrylics and oils on a variety of supports and grounds together with canvas collage and, from the 1970s, combined with relief constructions.


* Constructions; which employed a wide variety of hard and fruitwoods, often carved or turned, reclaimed antique mouldings, wooden typeface blocks and found objects – both man-made and organic. In these constructions he was able to bring together all his skills and understanding of media and work as an ‘artist-craftsman’ to produce highly individual and inventive works uniquely his own.