c1965 Robert Lenkiewicz Self Portrait Oil on Board


A rare and iconic early Self-Portrait oil on board painting of the renowned Plymouth artist Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz.

The painting shows Robert at about 24 years of age, when he first moved to Plymouth from London. He is fixing his eyes on the viewer, with a pensive look, heightened by his right hand resting against his chin. He has already formed the looseness in style that characterises a lot of his work. Later in his life, he became aware of the commercial value of painting himself into the paintings, and did so quite often. However, there are very few painted self-images of his early life. For this reason, this is an important historical part of portfolio of work and raises the work above other more generic examples. The painting is unsigned, but accepted by all those who know his work as undeniably original. It has been mounted in one of his trademark frames, with a black fluted edge and an inner gilded edge and is glazed. Very desirable item for connoisseurs of his work.

Robert Oscar Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) was one of South West England's most celebrated artists of modern times. Perennially unfashionable in high art circles, his work has nevertheless been popular with the public. Lenkiewicz is regarded by some as a great painter who is 'finally being recognised as such after all these years of neglect by the art establishment. His rebellious spirit of going against any authority, meant he was shunned by London commercial galleries. However, he did cultivate his aura of eccentricity out in the provinces, which kept his name always in the papers. In 1981, he faked his own death, announcing his demise to the local newspapers. When Lenkiewicz died in 2002, he left behind a particularly macabre legacy as an embalmed corpse of his friend the tramp Diogenes was found hidden behind some elaborate panelling at the bottom of a bookcase.

Size image: 51 x 35 cm (20 x 13 ¾ inches)
Size frame: 62.5 x 46.5 x 3 cm (24 5/8 x 18 ¼ x 1 1/8 inches)
Weight: 3278g