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Robert Lenkiewicz 1941 - 2002
Lenkiewicz was born in 1941 of Jewish parents who were refugees settled in
formative years were spent in a small hotel in Kilburn, London where his parents
supervised the care of a rather unusual clientele of elderly and frequently
disturbed patrons. Lenkiewicz
attributed his precocious interest in both art and philosophy to his experiences
in this bizarre but rich environment, where he was "initiated into the
business of living and an early awareness of death".
His obsession with painting was evident at the age of nine years when he
produced pictures using brushes made from his own hair.
Later, he stitched together remnants of banner canvas, obtained from
local stores, in order to create works of over 300 feet in length.
Lenkiewicz went on to study at Saint Martin's School of Art and subsequently at
the Royal Academy Schools. Then,
following a period of teaching in London, he moved to the South West of England
eventually settling into his parents spacious studio on Plymouth's Barbican.
Lenkiewicz was a painter who worked essentially in an academic fashion, while at
the same time extending the visual image, linking it closely with sociological,
philosophical and aesthetic issues.
His primary interest was one of attempting to define the nature of obsessive and fanatical behaviour. Lenkiewicz's ultimate aim was the provocation of thought.
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