Our Sculptors

Christy Symington MRSS

London sculptor works equally in Western-tradition figurative and abstracts through innovative material-driven combinations. Christy responds to historical, socio-cultural/political and human VS nature imbalances. Use of BLACK & WHITE and WORDS, a strong theme over 20 years, draw on her work with design thru the 80s.
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Discipline
Abstract
Animal
Figurative/Realism
Political/Religious
Portraiture
Material
Brick/Concrete/Plaster
Bronze
Ceramic/Clay
Mixed media
Wood/Paper
Region
London

Figurative sculptures modelled in clay stay at the forefront of Christy’s signature range of work made from ad hoc materials.  Her focus on making sculptures of people hidden in our history brings their presence into our lives as well as highlighting historically significant legacies, often people of colour and women.  Driven by research it prompts new materials and how to work with them, or pushes process into new combinations to find a solution with drawing as a base essence that is a joy through her practice.

Christy has had solo shows in New York and London. Permanent collection acquisition made by International Slavery Museum Liverpool and highlight in its 10th anniversary exhibition ‘Ink and Blood’ 2017. Exhibitions in 2018 with Salon d’Automne Paris, Messums Wiltshire ‘Revelation of the Head’, Chatham Historic Dockyards ‘Untold Stories – A Celebration of Black People in Kent’, APT Plus One. Solo shows include The Stephen Lawrence Centre ‘SCULPTURE & SPOKEN WORD for Stephen Lawrence’ 2016 with invited poets and ‘OLAUDAH EQUIANO MAN AND BROTHER’ 2015, Angel Orensanz Foundation NYC and featured in Black Cultural Archives ‘Black Georgians’ 2016, ‘Avril/Symington’ at Marist College NY 2012. Lifesize tiger sculpture commission in ZSL London Zoo. Others include Young Masters Prize Tour, Society of Women Artists, Freedom to Create Prize, RSS Centenary 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, Pangolin and Threadneedle Prize. 

Member of RSS since 2002 and 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 with Merit Award for Sculpture and selected exchange to Slade School of Art, London. MA in Fine Art 2002 from Byam Shaw [Central Saint Martins], University of the Arts UAL London. Her mother is a sculptor and maternal grandmother was at the Slade in 1926. Through her twenties Christy worked in advertising, marketing, television and 3D graphic design companies in London Auckland and Sydney with backpack travels around the world.