Portrait painter and muralist, born of Jewish parents who moved to London in 1939 from Russia and Germany. His mother’s father was court painter to mad King Ludwig of Bavaria. Lenkiewicz attended St Martin’s School of Art and Royal Academy Schools. He painted on a large scale, one picture at St Martin’s being 360 feet long, 17 feet high. Later work was based on a series of themes, including the Jewish Holocaust. Settling in Plymouth, Devon, Lenkiewicz formed a large, valuable library, rooms having themes such as death, magic and metaphysics. Had his first commercial exhibition, organised by The Halcyon Gallery in association with Arthur Andersen, at International Convention Centre, Birmingham, 1994. The retrospective, of over 300 pictures, was aimed at raising up to £500,000 to buy properties adjacent to his studio.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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