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BIOGRAPHY

Wolfe von Lenkiewicz is a British artist based in London. He is known for his artistic reconfigurations of well-known imageries from art history and visual culture to create ambiguous compositions that question art historical discourses.

Lenkiewicz’s ‘post-historic’ practice carefully examines the question of what constitutes an original work of art. By borrowing from existing visual culture and creating a system of deconstructing the linearity of historical perspective he challenges our notions of past and present to delineate a space that lies outside of history. Rather than relegating a painting to a time period, recent paintings by von Lenkiewicz can be viewed more accurately as a form of hybrid, a fulcrum between ages. There is a scholarly tendency to want to categorise and insert artworks into particular “-isms” and overlooking the organic history of art, the way in which various styles overlap and intertwine.

By employing a high level of craftsmanship with unprecedented minute detail and the use of Old Master techniques, including grisaille, the artist is attempting to exploit the true capabilities of oil painting. The intricate iconography in the painting obscures its hidden secrets in plain sight for determined viewers to find, if they know how to look.

WOLFE VON LENKIEWICZ

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz – Metahistory, Riflemaker, London
2016 Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz – L’Œuvre, House of The Nobleman, London
2015 Wolfe von Lenkiewicz: Elective Affinities, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin
2015 Delirious Picasso, House Of The Nobleman in collaboration with
Mark Sanders Art Consultancy Ltd, Academy Mansion, New York
2014 Algebra: The Reunion Of Broken Parts, House Of The Nobleman, London
2014 Wolfe von Lenkiewicz: Paintings and Drawings, Galerie MIRO, Prague
2014 Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz: Paintings, Drawings, Film, 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, Michael Haas Gallery, Berlin
2011 Liberation their Story Begins Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin, Italy
2011 I Have an Excellent Idea…..Let’s Change the Subject, All Visual Arts, London
2010 Victory Over the Sum, All Visual Arts and the Triumph Gallery in Moscow, Russia
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

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2016 Persona, Musée Du Quai Branly, Paris
2015 After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists, Wexner Center For The Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA
2015 Stillleben Ausstellung, Cologne Fine Art 2015 with Galerie Michael Haas
2015 Picasso In Contemporary Art, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
2015 The Remarkable Lightness of Being, Aeroplastics contemporary, Brussels
2014 Art Basel, Basel 2014, with Galerie Michael Haas
2014 Viewing Room, All Visual Arts, London
2013 Between The Lines: A Group Drawing Show, All Visual Arts, London
2012 Metamorphosis, All Visual Arts, The Crypt, One Marylebone, London
2012 Babel, Beaux Arts de Lille, France
2012 Everywhere and Nowhere, Villa Jauss, Obersdorf, Germany
2011 The House of the Nobleman, London
2011 Deichtorhallen, Zwei Sammler, Hamburg
2010 Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures, London
2010 The House of the Nobleman, London
2009 The Age of the Marvellous, All Visual Arts, London
2009 The Embassy, 20 Hoxton Square Projects, London
2007 Avatar of Sacred Discontent, 9 Hillgate, T1+2 Gallery, London
2007 Avatar of Sacred Discontent, Port Eliot LitFest, St Germans
2006 End of Civilization, Port Eliot Castle, St Germans
2006 Kristy Stubbs Gallery, Great Eastern Hotel, London
2005 Go Between, Magazine 4, Kunstverein, Bregenz
2005 WP.S.1 MOMA radio, Venice Biennale
2005 Redux Gallery screening of ‘Get Newton’ and Otto Muehl film interview
2005 Screening of ‘The Park’, Channel 5 TV
2005 Commission for Arts Council to build the sculpture ‘Lusus Naturae’
2005 The Horse Hospital, screening of ‘Desum’
2004 Port Elliot Literary Festival Film Tent, screening of ‘Desum’
2004 Redux Gallery, screening of ‘Desum’ (Vinyl 2)
2004 ICA, London
2004 Tank TV, ICA media room, exhibition screening of ‘Scopophobia’
2004 September 2nd, talk at ICA. Interview by Laura Provoust
2003 Worlds First Congress of Fork Lift Trucks, Atlantis Gallery, London
2002 100,000 Newspapers: Gustav Metzger, Stewart Home, Wolfe Lenkiewicz,
T1+2 Artspace, London
1999 The Constant of Variation, T1+2 Artspace, London