Robert Lenkiewicz Art

Wednesday 23rd June 2021
6pm
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We are delighted to present a special auction devoted to the work of Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002).

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23rd June: 10am to 5pm.
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60 Lots
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Lot 25

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) oil on canvas ‘The Painter With Lindsay Seers’ Project 18

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002)  a major exhibited painting, "Painter With Lindsay Seers’ Project 18 The Painter With Women, St. Anthony Theme, oil on canvas, signed and inscribed with title on the reverse.

Exhibited Birmingham N.E.C. Exhibition, January 1994, 128cm x 117cm.

Exhibited. Birmingham, January 1994.

Literature. 'The Painter with Women' - the evolution of a Project (2011). White Lane Press. p22.

Also exhibited Plymouth City Museum 1997, RWA Bristol 2011, Royal William Yard Plymouth 2012, Leipzig and Nuremberg 2013.

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000 + fees

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Lot 26

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), oil on canvas ‘Nude Study’, 54cm x 61cm, unsigned.

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), oil on canvas 'Nude Study', 54cm x 61cm, unsigned.

Estimate: £600 - £800 + fees

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Lot 27

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) watercolour, pen and ink ‘Man Chasing Women or

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) watercolour, pen and ink ‘Man Chasing Women or Women Being Chased By Man’, signed, inscribed and dated '73 bottom right, 36cm x 31cm.

Estimate: £400 - £500 + fees

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Lot 28

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) ‘John Kynance/ One Week Before his Death’ No.3 Vagrancy Project 1970

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) ‘John Kynance/ One Week Before his Death’ No.3 Vagrancy Project 1970, signed bottom right, signed three times and inscribed with title on the reverse, 101cm x 76.5cm. This painting was painted just before the sitter died. Lenkiewicz' s early Vagrancy masterpiece (1970) 'The Burial of John Kynance' was destroyed in a fire in 2012.

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000 + fees

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Lot 29

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), Annotated watercolour on paper, framed and glazed, 40.5cm x 28cm.

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), Annotated watercolour on paper, framed and glazed, 40.5cm x 28cm.

Estimate: £150 - £200 + fees

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Lot 30

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), ‘Study Of Elain With Sari’, oil on canvas, signed twice

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), 'Study Of Elain With Sari', oil on canvas, signed twice on reverse, also inscribed on the stretcher on reverse 'I Love Your Mouth' and also a smal cartoon of the artist, 58cm x 58cm, in a heavy 'Lenkiewicz' black frame and glazed. Provenance, The Somerville Gallery, 2006.

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000 + fees

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Lot 31

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), ‘Painter with Lisa – Aristotle Theme’, signed artist proof

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), 'Painter with Lisa - Aristotle Theme', signed artist proof 3/39, 80cm x 75cm, framed and glazed, with certificate.

Estimate: £300 - £400 + fees

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Lot 32

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), ‘Self Portrait Holding Rose’, signed limited edition print

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), 'Self Portrait Holding Rose', signed limited edition print 94/500, 47cm x 47cm, framed and glazed, with certificate.

Estimate: £200 - £250 + fees

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Lot 40

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) a fine self portrait painting titled on reverse ‘Self

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) a fine self portrait painting titled on reverse 'Self Portrait With Blue Scarf' also inscribed 'Non-Project Piece' and signed twice, oil on canvas, 72cm x 72cm, in a heavy 'Lenkiewicz' black frame and glazed. Provenance, The Somerville Gallery, 2006.

Estimate: £14,000 - £15,000 + fees

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Lot 41

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) oil on canvas ‘Self Portrait Whilst Dead At Port Eliot 1980’

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) oil on canvas 'Self Portrait Whilst Dead At Port Eliot 1980', signed and inscribed on the reverse, 159cm x 92cm.

Robert Lenkiewicz's diary for 3rd February 1981 notes 'Lord Eliot came in with paper showing obituary notice. I am officially dead.'In the often retold story, Lenkiewicz had asked his brother John to place a simple obituary in The Times on 1st February announcing the artists sudden demise in London. There was a serious purpose behind the hoax. Betwixt the Project on Suicide and a planned study of the theme of Death, the artist was seeking to deepen his knowledge of the phenomenon. 'I could not know what it was like to be dead', he explained, 'but I could know what it was like to be thought dead'. This subtly was lost on the local media, who reacted as victims of a cruel deception. Lenkiewicz had in part foreseen that his 'death' would play out in terms of his local celebrity status. In conversation with friends a few days before the obituary was posted the group agreed a short manifesto: 'Our intention as a group is to 'steal' from a minority section of the local public the impression that I am alive and to replace it with the illusion that I am dead'.
The artist's intention was to remain secretly ensconced at the home of his friend and patron, Lord Eliot, and observe the public's reaction. And, being Lenkiewicz, he would record the official fact of his 'death' on canvas: 'Started the life-size portrait/ 'Standing to attention' with salmon pink background. Much thought on the sense of being 'dead'. A private, subtle feeling of absenteeism, very rich image but perhaps too simple in design and colour'. Opportunities to resolve the canvas slipped away. As the painters diary notes: 'Watched my death announced on television. All hell broke loose', and Lenkiewicz had to accelerate his resurrection to try to calm the situation.

Estimate: £4,500 - £6,000 + fees

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Lot 42

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) oil on canvas ‘Robert and Mary’ Project 18 The painter with Women.

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) oil on canvas ‘Robert and Mary’ Project 18 The painter with Women, St. Anthony Theme, signed by both on reverse, further inscribed on the reverse, 126cm x 114cm.

Literature. 'The Painter with Women' - the evolution of a Project (2011). White Lane Press p19.

Estimate: £7,000 - £9,000 + fees

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Lot 43

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) oil on board ‘Study of Reuben Lenkiewicz’, signed twice

Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) oil on board ‘Study of Reuben Lenkiewicz’, signed twice and inscribed on the stretcher, 150cm x 120cm.

Illustrated. Robert Lenkiewicz Paintings and Projects. White Lane Press 2006. Plate no 57.

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000 + fees

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