Western Morning News (Saturday) : 2021-02-06

ART & ANTIQUES : 27 : 27


27 Saturday, February 6, 2021 WESTERN MORNING NEWS Art & Antiques PLYMOUTH AUCTION ROOMS Insight into artist’s studio and paintings I T may be a painting of an old boot but it’s a rare work of art by one of Plymouth’s most celebrated artists of modern times and will be one of the headliners at an upcoming auction dedicated to his work. The signed oil painting titled ‘Painter’s Right Boot’ was painted in 1975 by Lenkiewicz as part of the artists ‘Paintings Designed to Make Money’ project. It was recently discovered in London by an eagle-eyed collector and then consigned to Plymouth Auction Rooms who were able to provide further background on the painting. Auctioneer Paul Keen said: “Some paintings in this project were included in ‘The Masterpiec­e Museum’, shown in 1975 at The Fool gallery, Plymouth and also Blenheim Gallery, London. This project was an ironic look at the relationsh­ip between art and money and featured work by a supposedly deceased painter called ‘R.O. Lenkiewicz’. The companion left boot was displayed in a glass cabinet at the same show, with the note ‘A Left Boot. Property of the artist and worn by him for several years.’ “Lenkiewicz appears to have had a deep affection for his footwear, and we know that he painted more studies of his boots than he did of anything else – including self portraits. The still life is an ironic pun on Van Gogh’s famous studies of pairs of boots.” The work is expected to sell for up to £2,000 at the auction. Collectors will have the chance to bid for over 100 lots of prints, sketches, paintings and even artefacts from his Barbican studio including original palettes, an impressive carved antique elbow chair and even his painting rags which would always be found thrown over his left arm. One major work that was widely exhibited is a large scale painting of ‘Barbara Bridgeman and Caroline Young’. It was exhibited at the 1997 Retrospect­ive Exhibition at Plymouth City Museum, at The Royal Academy, Bristol in 2011 and also in Leipzig 2013. The auction will be held on Wednesday, March 24 at 6pm. It is expected to be an online sale only but the auctioneer­s are arranging a virtual tour of the art works to allow collectors to view from the home. For further details visit plymouthau­ctions.co.uk. www.rendellsfi­neart.co.uk STONEPARK SALEROOM, ASHBURTON Online Timed Auction of 200 lots of unreserved pictures, prints and books Sale opens on Tuesday 2nd February and closes 12.00noon on Tuesday 9th February CATALOGUE and BIDDING via www.the-saleroom.com Our saleroom telephones are available 9.00am to 1.00pm Monday to Friday Stonepark Saleroom, Ashburton, TQ13 7RH Tel: 01364 653017 • Email: stonepark@rendells.co.uk