Timothy Lees spent his teenage years on the granite outcrops of Seychelles, where he learnt the skills of boat building and developed an interest in geology. This interest in stone and precise, complex construction methods, naturally led him to turn his focus to sculpture. Early large abstract stone carvings (Forest of Dean Sculpture Park) and solo shows (Arnolfini, Bristol) were followed by commissions to replace and repair historic marble and stone statues. A period of intense work at The National Trust Statuary Workshop, and study of Roman sculpture (Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, Rome), has led to the development of his most recent work: a combination of deep knowledge of classical sculptural anatomy, with an expressive use of form.
He is an Associate Member of the Royal British Sculptors, and is an elected member of the Mastercarvers Association. In 2010 he won the Stone Federation of Great Britain Craftsmanship Award, for work at Hanover Lodge, Regents Park, London. He has worked as a freelance sculptor for more than 25 years, and has taught stone carving at The City and Guilds of London Art School.