Artists

  • L to R: 'Slaveship Spirits of Sao Jose Paquete Africa'; 'Olaudah Equiano Middle Passage'; 'Olaudah Equiano Shade Portrait'; 'Olaudah Equiano Tags'; 'Olaudah Equiano'; 'Ibeji Benin Yam Twins'

    Christy Symington, L to R: 'Slaveship Spirits of Sao Jose Paquete Africa'; 'Olaudah Equiano Middle Passage'; 'Olaudah Equiano Shade Portrait'; 'Olaudah Equiano Tags'; 'Olaudah Equiano'; 'Ibeji Benin Yam Twins', L to R: Pewter, nails, lead strip, bell jar | Canvas weight bags, steel rings, gaffer tape | Gaffer tape | Crystacal | Yams, cowrie shells, string, chalk, L to R: 50x25x25; 170x220x10; 110x75; 200x140; 78x30x25; 34x18x12 cm

  • Left: 'Head Inspired by Basquiat'; Right: 'Olaudah Equiano - African, slave, author, abolitionist' [Photo by Tontxi Vazquez]

    Christy Symington, Left: 'Head Inspired by Basquiat'; Right: 'Olaudah Equiano - African, slave, author, abolitionist' [Photo by Tontxi Vazquez], Left: Clay; Right: Crystacal, pigments, L 45x21x19cm : R 80x30x25cm

  • Wherever I Lay My Hat, Intervention, Winged Faith, Together Apart, Vessel Henge [series of 8], Human Intervention [Photo: Tontxi Vazquez]

    Christy Symington, Wherever I Lay My Hat, Intervention, Winged Faith, Together Apart, Vessel Henge [series of 8], Human Intervention [Photo: Tontxi Vazquez], Crystacal, strip lights, Astroturf, electric tubing, sand, Gilding, canvas, Glasswax, Heights 210-220cm, Widths 55-110cm

  • ‘Remembrance Stephen Lawrence’ Solo exhibition ‘SCULPTURE & SPOKEN WORD for STEPHEN LAWRENCE’ at Stephen Lawrence Centre Gallery, Black History Month 2016

    Christy Symington, ‘Remembrance Stephen Lawrence’ Solo exhibition ‘SCULPTURE & SPOKEN WORD for STEPHEN LAWRENCE’ at Stephen Lawrence Centre Gallery, Black History Month 2016, Crystacal, projected poem 'Stephen Lawrence' by Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, floor construction safety tapes, overhead projector, acetates, Various Height 210 cm

Christy Symington MRBS

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London based sculptor works equally in a manner critically attuned to the roots of Western-tradition figurative sculpture and drawing, as well as abstracting through fresh and unusual material-driven pieces and finding new processes, reaching to affect wider participation.

A focus on making sculptures of people hidden in our history is to bring their presence into our lives. Through an intuitive process the works subtly opine an innate discontent with hyped historicity and whitewashing around enslavement of the African Diaspora.  The intent is to address the imbalance of socio-cultural and socio-political inequalities and inhumanity to add to a future historical equilibrium.

Work can be driven first by research prompting new materials and how to work with them, or by pushing process into new areas to find a solution. Drawing is a base essence and joy through her practice.

Christy has had solo shows in New York and London. Acquisition for permanent collection by International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool, Transatlantic and Contemporary Slavery Project and selected for ISM’s 10th anniversary exhibition ‘Ink and Blood’ August 2017. 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’. A lifesize swimming tiger sculpture commission for ZSL London Zoo. Numerous selected and invited exhibitions in the UK and overseas include Freedom to Create Prize, University of Leicester, National Arts Club NY, 3 years Society of Portrait Sculptors, Chiang Mai University Thailand, DACS, Conway Hall, Royal West of England Academy Sculpture Triennial, Society of Women Artists, Angel Orensanz Foundation NYC (solo), Pangolin, ‘Avril/Symington’ at Marist College, NY and Threadneedle Prize. 

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