Wolfe von Lenkiewicz (b. 1966, Dartmoor) is a British artist of German and Polish descent. He studied Philosophy at York University, graduating in 1990, and is the son of the painter Robert Lenkiewicz and great grandson of Baron von Schlossberg, court painter to King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the Swan King. Lenkiewicz lives and works in London.
Known for his artistic reconfigurations of well-known iconic images selected from the history of art – from Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to Pablo Picasso’s Guernica – Lenkiewicz’s post-historical practice carefully examines the linearity of historical perspective embedded within our visual understanding of the past. Described alternatively as both ‘an unbound geneticist turned artist’ and ‘a contemporary iconoclast’, his art practice occupies a space outside our traditional conception of history to become a fulcrum between different ages and new form of visual language. A hybrid aesthetic that challenges notions of authorship, Lenkiewicz employs a high level of craftsmanship usually associated with the Old Masters combined with a twenty-first century view on the possibilities of image manipulation. Overturning the tendency to categorise or insert artworks into particular ‘-isms’, his art practice allows us to appreciate the organic development of art over the centuries in which various styles and perspectives overlap and intertwine through time.
2018 Processions of Orpheus, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, Moscow 2016 L’Oeuvre, House of the Nobleman, London 2016 Meta-History, Riflemaker, London 2015 Wolfe von Lenkiewicz: A Retrospective, Galerie Michael Haas / Mark Sanders Art Consultancy Ltd, Berlin 2015 Delirious Picasso, House of the Nobleman / Mark Sanders Art Consultancy Ltd, Academy Mansion, New York 2014 Algebra: The Reunion of Broken Parts, House of the Nobleman / Mark Sanders Art Consultancy Ltd, London 2014 Wolfe von Lenkiewicz: Paintings & Drawings, Galerie MIRO, Prague 2014 Snow White and the Knights of Schwangau, Riflemaker, London 2013 The Raft of the Medusa, All Visual Arts, London 2012 Hieronymus Bosch, All Visual Arts, London 2011 The Beast and the Sovereign, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin 2011 Liberation: Their Story Begins, Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 2011 I Have an Excellent Idea… Let’s Change the Subject, All Visual Arts, London 2010 Victory Over the Sum, Triumph Gallery, Moscow 2009 The Descent of Man, All Visual Arts, London 2008 Nu-Trinity, Simon Dickinson, London 2007 Mutagenesis, Mimmo Scognamiglio Contemporary Art, Naples 2007 Mutagenesis, Paradise Row, London 2007 Emblematic Psychosis, Ingalls & Associates, Miami 2001 The Park, T1+2 Artspace, London 2000 Hangman, T1+2 Artspace, London
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