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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, March 01, 2013

The Selected Picture sale on Tuesday was busy, the saleroom was full and there was lots of interest and strong bidding.

There was a nice surprise with the Alan Cotton oil painting in the Selected Picture auction this week.

alan cotton at a crossroads

Alan Cotton - Crossroads on a country lane (EX63/140)

 

In January 2013, we sold a view of the River Otter in East Devon by Alan Cotton for £650 and I was expecting something similar for the rather dark and autumnal oil of a crossroads in the Wye Valley, which was estimated at £300-£500. It was an early oil by the artist who called me in the week to remind me that he was born in 1938 [not 1936 as per our catalogue]…..two people really wanted the painting and a short, but tense ‘bidding battle’ ensued and it was knocked down for £1,500!

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