'Still Lives' – Robert Lenkiewicz

17 April — 31 May 2011
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

  • 'Still Lives' 2011 at RWA (photo courtesy of Lars Ramskold)

"This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of Robert Lenkiewicz's work since his premature death at the age of 60 in 2002. Lenkiewicz famously chose the outsider as the subject for his art: the vagrants and street alcoholics who dossed at his studios, families with mentally handicapped children, the elderly, the dying – human beings isolated from one another by their circumstances and from themselves by their preoccupations.

'You're born alone and you die alone,' he said and the problem was to deal with the isolation of simply being alive. Lenkiewicz found one solution – a richly creative life conducted with panache – and left behind a legacy which will appeal to anyone with an interest in the conundrum of existence. In his obituary of Lenkiewicz, art critic David Lee remarked that 'Lenkiewicz was one of few serious painters of contemporary history.'"

Some of the Works shown at this exhibition

Diogenes at Night in Studio Window. ‘Mouse’ with Wool – Interior.
Group in Eton Avenue Studio. Self-Portrait with Letter.
Richard holding William Blake’s death... Seven Sleepers of Ephesus.
The Painter with Anna. St Antony Theme. The Painter with Janine Pecorini.
The Painter with Samantha. The Painter with Patti Avery. St Antony...
The Painter with Benedikte. Reuben with needle.
Study of Kevin Gasson. Syd sniffing glue.
Mark Pierce – former pupil Manor Junior... Mr Harry’s Club.
The Painter Holding Himself When Ninety. Dr Sheila A. Cassidy: Medical Director.
Mr Earl Senior, of Earl of Plymouth... Yana with Paper Mask.
Sketches for 'Study of the Painter... Study of the Painter’s Dead Mother.
Still-Life: three chairs. The Painter With Mary in Newspaper Magi...
The Painter with Mary in Piermasters... Monca Waiting.
Florence Kate Harvey – 103 years old. Study of Rusty.
Old Women of the Almshouse. Old Men of the Almshouse.
Self-Portrait with Eliza Massey. Self-Portrait with Eliza.
Self-Portrait. Painter, Amelie and Cat.
Man Eating His Heart and Entrails. Plymouth Mourning Over its Unfortunates.
The Painter with Courbet’s Self-... You Offer Me a Dead Rose, May I Give...
Self-Portrait with lover. Cup with Human Still-Life.
The Night Watch (fragment). Mark Bridgeman on the studio chair.
Barbara Bridgeman and Caroline Young. Mr & Mrs Greep with Francis, Tracey...
Cider Ryder in the Pram Factory. The Burial of John Kynance.
Study of John Kynance (one week before... Still-born in the Kitchen
Diogenes and Belle at prayer with chairs The Judgement of Paris (Death & the...

Some of the Works shown at this exhibition

Diogenes at Night in Studio Window.
‘Mouse’ with Wool – Interior.
Group in Eton Avenue Studio.
Self-Portrait with Letter.
Richard holding William Blake’s death...
Seven Sleepers of Ephesus.
The Painter with Anna. St Antony Theme.
The Painter with Janine Pecorini.
The Painter with Samantha.
The Painter with Patti Avery. St Antony...
The Painter with Benedikte.
Reuben with needle.
Study of Kevin Gasson.
Syd sniffing glue.
Mark Pierce – former pupil Manor Junior...
Mr Harry’s Club.
The Painter Holding Himself When Ninety.
Dr Sheila A. Cassidy: Medical Director.
Mr Earl Senior, of Earl of Plymouth...
Yana with Paper Mask.
Sketches for 'Study of the Painter...
Study of the Painter’s Dead Mother.
Still-Life: three chairs.
The Painter With Mary in Newspaper Magi...
The Painter with Mary in Piermasters...
Monca Waiting.
Florence Kate Harvey – 103 years old.
Study of Rusty.
Old Women of the Almshouse.
Old Men of the Almshouse.
Self-Portrait with Eliza Massey.
Self-Portrait with Eliza.
Self-Portrait.
Painter, Amelie and Cat.
Man Eating His Heart and Entrails.
Plymouth Mourning Over its Unfortunates.
The Painter with Courbet’s Self-...
You Offer Me a Dead Rose, May I Give...
Self-Portrait with lover.
Cup with Human Still-Life.
The Night Watch (fragment).
Mark Bridgeman on the studio chair.
Barbara Bridgeman and Caroline Young.
Mr & Mrs Greep with Francis, Tracey...
Cider Ryder in the Pram Factory.
The Burial of John Kynance.
Study of John Kynance (one week before...
Still-born in the Kitchen
Diogenes and Belle at prayer with chairs
The Judgement of Paris (Death & the...

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