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Daniel Goddard is a director and head of the picture department. He has recently catalogued and organised two major sales of paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), which raised in excess of £3 million.
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The dramatic Lenkiewicz portrait of a Girl with Blonde Hair was sold in our major Picture sale in January for £9800 and this emphasises the continued interest and demand for strong portraits of women by Robert Lenkiewicz.

 

 

 

 Robert Lenkiewicz - Girl with Blonde Hair - sold for £9800 (FS17/480)

 

This was an iconographic Lenkiewicz portrait of a nude with the figure filling the picture, typically closely observed with dramatic blonde hair highlighted with flashes of gold and bright yellow against a black ground. The portrait depicts an intense and intimate moment and the confident handling of strong colours, tone and texture are Lenkiewicz trademarks. Not all Lenkiewicz portraits are as valuable as this. One of the last projects Lenkiewicz worked on was titled Addictive Behaviour and this produced hundreds of portraits; some highly finished monumental works, but many were less intense and not so worked-up. A large number of these were sold in the Lenkiewicz Studio sales in 2004 and 2008 and the few have come back onto the market have had mixed results. In our sale in April we are offering a Portrait of Michael Howells by Robert Lenkiewicz which was bought for £3800 in 2008 and this time round has an estimate of £800-1200

Robert Lenkiewicz - Portrait of Michael Howells

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Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are the leading auctioneers for Robert Lenkiewicz paintings having sold thousand of works over the last ten years. The market for paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz has gone through some notable highs since the artist died in Plymouth in 2002. The two Lenkiewicz studio sales we held at Westpoint in Exeter saw a frenzy of buying and resulted in world record prices up to £200,000, and sale totals over £3 million. One of the artefacts from the 2004 Lenkiewicz studio sale which was bought for £5800 is being sold again in Exeter. Robert Lenkiewicz worked on a number of major projects which combined thematically linked paintings with research notes and recorded observations with one aim of examining human physiology in a state of crisis.

 

 

Robert Lenkiewicz - The Painter with Mary on a Bed

 

 

 

In 1981 Lenkiewicz embarked on one of his most intense and ambitious human physiology projects, The Painter with Mary Project - A Study in Obsessional Behaviour which was accompanied by a volume of drawings, paintings, observations and notes published as The Mary Notebook. A painted artefact from this project, a model of the Painter with Mary on a Bed, is on the market again in our picture sale on 24th April at our Exeter saleroom when it will be offered with an estimate of £3000-£5000.

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Review Entries for Day Friday, April 03, 2009

This is a dramatic, powerful and provocative painting which supports a view that Lenkiewicz was an outstanding figure painter. Esther in Orange and Red Dress is part of Project 18; The Painter with Women.

It is inscribed extensively on the reverse by Lenkiewicz with references to the Daemon Series – St Anthony Theme which addresses temptation and addiction. There is a further reference by the Painter to the theme of the Double where the identity of ‘oneself’ is reflected and exists in the ‘other’.

The estimate for this Lenkiewicz painting is £15,000-20,000 and it is offered on 23 April 2009 in Exeter together with 11 other Lenkiewicz originals with estimates from £1,000-£20,000.

 

 robert lenkiewicz - esther in orange and red dress - estimate £15,000-20,000

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Review Entries for Day Friday, January 02, 2009

Here is an opportunity to buy a small original Lenkiewicz oil painting. This 11.5 x 16cm portrait study by Lenkiewicz will be offered in our auction sale on 25th February 2009. This is an early portrait of a young man from the 1960s, when Lenkiewicz lived in London and the subject is likely to be a character from the Loft Café in Hampstead. It is a strong character study, confidently painted in bold colours. It has been very nicely framed and is ready to be hung. It will be interesting to see what it makes in the sale. The estimate is £200-£300.

portrait of a young man by robert lenkiewicz, estimate £200-300

 

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Review Entries for Day Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Thursday, December 11, 2008 6:39:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Some of the drawings and sketches by Robert Lenkiewicz that were sold in large folio groups in the Lenkiewicz Studio Sale 2008 have been re-offered for sale this month at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter. The drawings by Lenkiewicz had been removed from their folios and individually mounted and framed to a nice standard. I would estimate the framing cost of each to be in the region of £50.

  cartoon drawing of a bird and chick by robert lenkiewicz (1941-2002)

Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941-2002)
Cartoon drawing of a bird and a chick arguing over a perch pen and black ink on a diary page 30 x 19.5cm
18 NOVEMBER 2008 SOLD FOR £160

The drawings were largely early, from the late 60s and 70s, mostly made while Lenkiewicz was still in London. They were quick ink sketches of horses, some anatomical examples and figure studies. We put realistic and sensible estimates in the range £80-150 on each of the framed drawings and, with one exception, they all sold within estimate, typically in the £70-100 range. I expect to see more of these minor Lenkiewicz works coming to the market next year and it will be interesting to watch how the market and Lenkiewicz collectors respond.

 anatomical study by robert lenkiewicz (1941-2002)

Robert O Lenkiewicz (1941-2002)
Anatomical study
black ink drawing
27.5 x 18cm
18 NOVEMBER 2008 SOLD FOR £80

 

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