Wolfe von Lenkiewicz

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Wolfe von Lenkiewicz
Wolfe von Lenkiewicz standing.jpg
Lenkiewicz in his Melton Street studio
Born28th October 1966 (1966-10-28)
Dartmoor, England
Notable work
London, United Kingdom

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz (born October 1966) is a British artist known for his artistic reconfigurations of well-known imageries from art history and visual culture to create ambiguous compositions that question art historical discourses.[1] He lives and works in London.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz was born in Dartmoor, England, England, in October 1966 to Celia Norman and the British painter Robert Lenkiewicz.[3] He is of German-Polish-Jewish descent, with his great-grandfather being Baron von Schlossberg, court painter to King Ludwig II of Bavaria.[4] Lenkiewicz was educated at University of York, graduating in 1989 with a degree in Philosophy.[2]

Artistic career[edit]

Lenkiewicz exhibited 33 drawings including 3 large-scale works at his first major exhibition, Nu-Trinity, at Dickinson in 2007.[3][5] Richard Dyer described the exhibition as 'an iconographic investigation into the power inherent in certain images and events, and the mythos associated with them'.[5] Lenkiewicz’s works have since then been exhibited internationally, including Tate Britain and All Visual Arts in London, Triumph Gallery in Moscow, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille, as well as in Dublin, Hamburg, Berlin and Venice.[2]

His works primarily deal with the appropriation of language and mythology[6] by juxtaposing elements such as religious figures, pop culture icons, literary characters and motifs.[7] Lenkiewicz's drawings and paintings often reference iconic imageries, including those by Albrecht Dürer, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Hieronymus Bosch. Lenkiewicz transforms Dürer's Self-Portrait (1500) in his Werewolf (2011), referencing Jacques Derrida's The Beast and the Sovereign.

Selected exhibitions[edit]

In 2009, Lenkiewicz's solo exhibition titled The Descent of Man exhibited over 80 works in a former landmark bank building by Arthur Beresford Pite in London.[8] In the following year, Lenkiewicz's Victory Over the Sum opened in Triumph Gallery in Moscow, showcasing works including But, but I am a Legend (2010), a painting in which motifs such as Marie-Therese Walter's head from Picasso's portrait and François Boucher's Odalisque have been assimilated into the iconic Guernica (1937).[9]

Lenkiewicz has participated in many group exhibitions including Zwei Sammler: Thomas Olbricht und Harald Falckenberg in Deichtorhallen, Hamburg in 2011; as well as Babel, in Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille in 2012. At Deichtorhallen, Lenkiewicz exhibited Ace of Spades (2009),[10] which is in the collection of German collector Thomas Olbricht.

Lenkiewicz's latest body of works are inspired by Hieronymus Bosch, transforming The Garden of Earthly Delights (ca.1490) into a 'post-historic, trans-cultural manuscript'.[11]


  1. ^ 'Wolfe von Lenkiewicz', AnOther Magazine, 26 April 2011
  2. ^ a b c 'Wolfe von Lenkiewicz', Other Criteria
  3. ^ a b 'Market news: Warhol's Conrad Black legacy', Colin Gleadell, The Telegraph, 23 October 2007
  4. ^ Art Review blog, 17 February 2010
  5. ^ a b "Wolfe Lenkiewicz: Nu-Trinity”, Richard Dyer, Art Review, January 2008
  6. ^ 'Wolfe von Lenkiewicz', James Read, Don't Panic Online, 18 May 2011
  7. ^ 'Wolfe von Lenkiewicz / Age of the Marvellous', Dazed Digital, September 2010
  8. ^ Art Daily
  9. ^ 'Wolfe von Lenkiewicz at the Triumph Gallery', John-Paul Pryor, February 2011
  10. ^ 'The Deichtorhallen Shows Works from the Collections of Thomas Olbricht & Harald Falckenberg', Art Knowledge News
  11. ^ Art Review blog, 11 July 2012

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