- Website: http://www.christysymington.com
A London based sculptor working with equal passion in structural object and abstract sculpture pushing processes in a wide range of materials, as well as figuratively, portraiture of people and tigers.
The thread of concern is a quest for hope, sharing hidden histories and resolution for positive change, whether it be social, concerns for the planet, natural and urban, or our animal world and its threats for survival. The deeper intent is to create dialogue and share knowledge. Implementation of words from invited poets into works are combined with spoken word live performance. Work can be driven first, either by excitement in pushing process to new areas finding a solution to express my concern, or by passion of research into concerns that prompt search for new materials and how to work with them. Drawing as drawing, and drawings as sculpture, are a strong essence and joy through my practice.
Christy has had solo shows in New York and London. A lifesize swimming tiger sculpture commission for ZSL London Zoo. Numerous selected and invited exhibitions in the UK and overseas include the Freedom to Create Prize, 3 years selected for Society of Portrait Sculptors, RWA Sculpture Triennial, SWA, Angel Orensanz Foundation NYC (solo), Pangolin, ‘Avril/Symington’ at Marist College, NY and Threadneedle Prize. Solo shows at The Stephen Lawrence Centre in 2016 ‘SCULPTURE & SPOKEN WORD for Stephen Lawrence [13.9.74 - 22.4.93]’ with invited poets and in 2015 ‘OLAUDAH EQUIANO MAN AND BROTHER’ and featured in Black Cultural Archives in 2016 ‘Black Georgians: The Shock of the Familiar’. Acquisition for permanent collection by International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool, Transatlantic and Contemporary Project and selected for ISM’s 10th anniversary exhibition August 2017.
Member since 2002 and RBS Council Member 2003-07. Christy studied traditional figure sculpture and drawing in Paris at Les Ateliers Beaux-Arts Montparnasse and Glaciere and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. 4 years at the New York Studio School USA graduating with Merit Award for Sculpture and selected sculpture student for exchange to the Slade School of Art, London. MA from Byam Shaw [Central Saint Martins], University of the Arts London.
- Categories: Abstract, Animal, Figurative/Realism
- Materials: Brick/Concrete/Plaster, Bronze, Mixed media
- Location: London