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Robin Lee: an alternative Valentine

On Valentine’s Day, whilst couples and families celebrate a day of love and happiness, artist Robin Lee hosts an eye-opening, seemingly cynical exhibition. On the third floor of Bart’s Pathology Museum, Lee displays his anti-Valentine exhibition “Regrets”. Reports – Aimee Ren Sub-editor: Alex Leonards

The exhibition, which occupies two floors of the museum, displays a range of pathology themed pieces. In the centre of the exhibition Lee features work depicting real human hearts, engraved and dripping with blood.

Alongside the visuals, a multimedia presentation is displayed. The video displays sculptures and photographs, accompanied by an audio monologue of “Heart’s owners” by writer Russ Litten, who Lee collaborated with for this project.

Robin Lee: "“If you can draw attention to the thing you might regret at the end, you can put it right.”
Robin Lee: ““If you can draw attention to the thing you might regret at the end, you can put it right.”


Time Out has described Lee’s creation as “creepy”, but he believes examining death encourages people to take life more seriously.

Lee decided “Regrets” should be displayed during Valentine’s weekend because he doesn’t think many people actually celebrate or enjoy it. Lee believes the romantic holiday makes people feel lonelier.

“People don’t always enjoy siting down and talking about love and flowers,” he says. “You can argue it’s from human isolation.”

Growing up in Hull, Lee was a pavement artist. He later moved to London to pursue a career in design consultancy.

Lee’s artwork is inspired by his view of the world as “quite brutal”, and he aims to prompt contemplation. So instead of painting “pretty stuff or fluffy bunnies”, he focuses on darker themes.

Lee’s artistic style is influenced by two reverse viewpoints of the world. A combination of graphics and mathematics, and a wide artistic eye.

Although he doesn’t have any background in medical science, he has grown fond of pathology. Lee has always been intrigued by the human body and soul.

Whilst others may initially feel disturbed by the shockingly graphic imagery, Lee doesn’t find it irritating. “To find out what’s exactly going on in the brain in the body, is quite fundamental”, he says.

Watch the interview with Robin Lee…