My name is Lee Wagstaff I was born in 1969 in London, I am an English artist living in Berlin.

I studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art in London and Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan. I have exhibited my body, large format photographic self-portraits and graphite works at art and performance venues worldwide. One performance was featured in the Ornament Und Abstraction show at the Beyeler Foundation, Basel, Switzerland and I was the first Western artist to be featured in the Art Annual, Kobe, Japan.

In 2007 I co-founded the artists project space RISE berlin and acted as its director and curator until 2013.

“Shroud”, a self-portrait screen printed in my own blood, was included in the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition Impressions of the Century — 100 Years of the Fine Art Print.

“The emergence of Lee’s image on the Shroud elevates him to the status of a surrogate divine seemingly without the intervention of God. It comes off as both disquietingly heroic and at the same time spiritually arrogant”
David Bowie


My works could be seen as a series of proposals which invite further qualification and refinement. I am interested in how art can be used as a tool to reorder the world around me and how this aesthetic order could have a consoling or agitating effect, or even both. A recurring theme in my work is pattern, I am drawn to patterns that predict and perhaps defy cosmic order. When I make art I think about whether it is still possible to make images and objects that embody ideas of faith, beauty and truth.

“LEE WAGSTAFF’s works ideate a symbolic mythology built around darkness and light; good and evil”. – ARTITIOUS Website



  • MPhil Royal College of Art (2014 -)
  • Australian Stunt Academy (2001)
  • MA Royal College of Art, London, England (1998-2000)
  • Kyoto City University of Art, Kyoto, Japan (1999)
  • BA (Hons) Central St.Martins College of Art and Design (1992)

Solo Exhibition

Group Exhibitions

Awards, Fellowships and Residencies

  • Frans Masereel Print Centre – Research Residency (June 2013)
  • Royal College of Art Printmaking Research Fellow (2000-2001)
  • Waterstone – RCA Award (2000)
  • Kyoto City University of Art – Travel Award (1999)


  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • David Bowie Collection
  • RCA print archive
  • Various private collections in Turkey, Japan, India, USA and throughout Europe

Commissions / Collaborations

  • ‘Flesh and God’ A Dialogue Between Contemporary Artists and The Catholic Church of France (2003)
  • Karlheinz Weinberger- new publication (2003)
  • BowieArt Print Project (2001)
  • Mercedes Benz/Esquire C-Class Commission (2000)

Lecturing / Teaching

  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • University of East London
  • Winchester School of Art
  • Royal Academy of Arts School
  • The Royal College of Art
  • Alberta College of Art & Design
  • Surrey Institute of Art & Design
  • The Minories Colchester
  • Kobe Art Village
  • The Victoria & Albert Museum


  • Le Christ au miroir de la photographie contemporaine Nathalie Dietschy Publisher: Editions Alphil 2016 (ISBN:978-2-88930-088-4)
  • Skull Sourcebook, A. Nozedar (2015) Publisher: Race Point (ISBN-978-1631061585)
  • Forever: The New Tattoo, R. Klanten (2012) Publisher: Gestalten (ISBN-10: 3899554426)
  • Lingering Whispers, Predrag Pajdic (2010), Publisher: The Pandorian (ISBN: 978-0-9553309-1-9)
  • 100,000 Years of Beauty, Elizabeth Azouley (2009), Publisher: Gallimard (ISBN-10: 207012844X)
  • Prints Now: Direction and Definition, Gill Saunders & Rosie Miles (2006), Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (ISBN-13: 978-1851774807)
  • L’autoportrait au XXe siècle: Moi Je, par soi-même (2004), Pascal Bonafoux Editeur: Diane De Selliers (ISBN: 2903656290)
  • Hidden Histories, Michael Petry (2004) Publisher: Art Media (ISBN: 190288910X)
  • A Guide to Ecstacity, Nigel Coates (2003) Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (ISBN-10: 1568984243)
  • L‘ Eglise ET l’art d’avant-garde, De la provocation au dialogue (2003), by Monsignor Albert Rouet/Gilbert Brownstone (ISBN: 2 226 1135529)
  • ARS Erotica (2003 re-print), by Edward Lucie Smith (ISBN: 084720602)
  • The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes (2003), Ed. Francesco Bonami/Raf Simmons
    (ISBN: 8881 584042)
  • Art Tomorrow (2002), by Edward Lucie Smith (ISBN: 0847820602)
  • Ornament and Abstraction: the Dialogue Between non-Western, Modern & Contemporary Art (2001), Ed. Marcus Bruderlin (ISBN: 0300092261)
  • Impressions of the 20th Century, Fine Art Prints form the Victoria & Albert Museum Collection (2001), Ed. Margaret Timmers (ISBN: 1851773398)
  • Typical Men-The Male Body in Photographs by Men (2001), by Michael Watson
  • Ambit 162 (2000), Ed. Martin Bax/Eduardo Paolozzi (ISSN: 0002-6772)

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