Internationally recognised contemporary sculptor and painter

Lincoln Seligman is a British artist, best known for his large-scale sculptures and murals displayed at modern landmark buildings worldwide.

 

Lincoln was born the eldest son of Madron Seligman, (a hereditary industrialist and a pro-European Member of the European Parliament for West Sussex from 1979 to 1984) and his wife, Nancy-Joan. He was educated at Harrow School and from there to Balliol College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1973 and became a professional painter and sculptor in 1980. His godfather was Edward Heath, a close friend of his father.

 

After reading Law at Oxford University, Lincoln trained as a barrister and then joined a shipping company in the City of London. His heart was never really in the legal profession though and at the age of 30, he decided to pursue his real passion - the world of art.

 

In the early 1980s Lincoln worked on commissions for celebrities including Paul Simon and Prince Michael of Kent and then began to pitch for commercial projects. He has since worked for well-known organisations including Cathay Pacific, Warburgs and Schroders both in London and around the world. Lincoln is best known now for large-format sculptures, which he often created in the form of hanging mobiles which he creates for modern buildings around the world. They are usually found in the main entrance or atrium space, either in the form of a sculpture or a giant suspended mobile. Prominent works include Intervention, above the entrance of the Treatment Centre of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, and particularly famous is his glass sculpture, the largest in the world, which decorates the interior of Swire's Festival Walk in Hong Kong.

 

After Lincoln had made a name for himself with his sculpture, he turned his artistic talents to painting. His artworks are mainly inspired by his travels and evidence of impressions from different regions of the world, mainly Europe and Asia, can be found in many of his works. Through Lincoln's play with structures, colours and perspectives, seemingly everyday scenes and objects are put into a new light and transformed into impressive works of art

 

Lincoln has often painted compositions from his travels in India. His connections with India go back to his childhood immersion in the Just So stories and Jungle Book, written by his mother’s godfather, Rudyard Kipling, a family friend. His paternal grandmother, Hilda Seligman, was an artist, who lived in the Indian Himalayas. One of her most famous works, a bronze statue of shepherd boy turned founder of a dynasty King Chandra Gupta, circa 275 BC, stands outside the Indian Parliament in New Delhi. Another famous family friend and portrait subject for Hilda was the exiled Emperor of Ethiopia, revered as a deity, Haile Selassie, who lived with her in Wimbledon.


Memberships
Royal British Society of Sculptors

One Man Shows
2014 Osborne Gallery,London
2013 Gerald Bland Gallery, Madison Avenue , New York
2011 Dollar Street Gallery
2010 Belgravia Gallery, Albemarle Street
2008 Quantum Contemporary Art
2007 Royal Academy, London, sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank
2005 Quantum Contemporary Art at the Air Gallery, Dover Street
1995 The Gallery, Cork Street, London
1997 Grosvenor House, London
1983 Trompe l’Oeil Gallery, New York

Commissions
Designed " Bright Young Things " ballet for New English Ballet Theatre with Dutch choreographer Ernst Meisner, premiere July 2012 Peacock Theatre Sadlers Wells London.

Designed new ballet, 'Kreutzer Sonata", for NEBT gala at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden October 2013.

Collections
Duke of Devonshire
Duke of Roxburghe
Ian Paisley
Royal Palace Riyadh
Chanel
Tiffany
Laurent Perrier
Paul Simon
Flemings
Standard Chartered Bank