Plymouth Auctions has successfully sold a collection of early original drawings by the late artist Robert Lenkiewicz to benefit the Homeless charity, Shelter. The drawings raised a total of £490 for the charity, and were donated by an old friend of the artist, Tarun Bedi, who met in their days at the Royal Academy Schools in London.
Lenkiewicz had a long standing interest in the subject of homelessness, creating a large exhibition in the early 1970s on the theme of Vagrancy. Dr Mark Price, whose first biography of the Plymouth-based painter has recently been published, comments: ”Robert Lenkiewicz practised generosity without judgement between the so-called ‘undeserving’ and ‘deserving’ poor and in the same spirit Tarun Bedi has directly helped the homeless with his gifts. May their kindness embolden us all to do likewise and remind us that if the world is growing tougher, then our hearts should do the opposite.” Each winning bidder of the eight drawings also received a copy of Dr Price’s first volume, titled ‘All Are Welcome’, donated by The Lenkiewicz Foundation.