Born in the Czech Republic, Šárka studied Art and Czech Language & Literature at Pedagogical Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno. She currently works as Art teacher and the Eco Team Leader at Elizabeth College, Guernsey. Her work is held in private collections around the world – New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, USA, Rarotonga, to name a few.
Šárka enjoys learning about human Soul and incorporating the knowledge of the spiritual world into everyday life. This is often reflected in her artwork. She is passionate about exploring esoteric spiritual matters, protecting children, and in the recent years, the environmental.
She has trained and practiced as a bereavement counsellor, worked as an illustrator of Humans Rights promotional materials for UNICEF, organised the Art exhibition and installation for the British – Irish Summit highlighting the marine pollution, and led number of Art community projects with environmental themes in Guernsey.
Šárka’s paintings are often figurative, depicting both cheerful and dark qualities. This duality is typical for her work and it can be slightly disconcerting for some viewers, keeping them on their toes. She has combined her sharp directness and a passion for justice in her social and political satire cartoon strips when she lived in Guyana, in South America.
The favourite subject matter of her paintings which weaves through the decades of her work are angels. Rather than depicting them in a traditional way, hers bare resemblance to ordinary people with all their quirky imperfections, with only a small reference to angels in a form of a symbolic feather. The brushstroke is usually delicate and gentle, and the interest is added by a sensitive use of colour accents. She works intuitively and the main way of expression for her are the subtle nuances of colour.
Lately, Šárka’s attention has turned to writing and illustrating children’s books. Inspired by raising her own children and educating countless others, she uses a sense of humour to communicate difficult topics in an accessible way. In her books she turns everyday struggles into extraordinary adventures. Both children and adults delight in her charming illustrations, full of unexpected detail. She uses collage and water colours as her media.
Šárka Lee is an artist, writer and illustrator who works as an Art teacher at Elizabeth College. She has published a popular children’s book The Princess who would Not Brush Her Hair and is now bringing us two exciting new books. Both with her charming illustrations, unique style, and a cheeky sense of humour. The originals of the illustrations and the books will be available in this exhibition.
The first book, The Kingdom of Deep Sleep, explores the Spirit World and brings useful guidance for our everyday life. The story was provided by an author and spiritual astrologer, Sharon Ward. It is a tale of a little boy whose Grandma died, but one night she visits to take him on an enchanted tour of the otherwise invisible world. The book explores questions for bereaved children that adults often find difficult to answer.
The second book, The Bear Truth about Goldilocks, is a story of love and friendship of antagonistic groups – humans and bears. It promotes an open mind and tolerance. Both children and adults will find it easy to relate to the characters of this familiar tale with an unexpected ending.
© Šárka Lee