Working in sculpture, video and installation, Jonty Lees (born 1971) is the fifth artist to emerge from the Tate St Ives Artist Residency Programme at the historic Porthmeor Studios, St Ives. Playful and inventive, his ideas may stem from a desire to employ a particular material or object – from bicycles or Blu-Tack to Bratwurst – with which he explores the eccentricities of human activity. His works, rooted in everyday life, often revisit gadgets and games of childhood memories or those poetic moments of daydream.
Living and working in Cornwall, Lees studied at University College Falmouth and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.
Using one of the historic Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, previously occupied by Borlase Smart, Ben Nicholson and Patrick Heron, Lees has had the opportunity to develop his professional practise with the support of Tate St Ives.