Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz
British artist Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz 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 practice carefully examines the question of what constitutes an original work of art and notions of authorship. By borrowing from existing visual culture and creating a system of deconstructing the linearity of historical perspective he challenges our concepts of past and present to delineate a space that lies outside of history. These works can be viewed more accurately as a form of hybrid, a fulcrum between ages. These paintings combine elements from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, the Rupert Bear comic strips, Disney’s Snow White and even a fusion of William Morris’ iconic wallpaper pattern and Damien Hirst’s spot paintings. 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, the artist is attempting to exploit the true capabilities of oil painting and draughtsmanship. The intricate iconography in the painting obscures its hidden secrets in plain sight for determined viewers to find, if they know how to look.
The innovations of contemporary culture have evolved from the developments of the past, and Lenkiewicz’s technique is truly unique, fusing elements from both past and present with such skill and precision. Executed in the grand scale of Old Master paintings, this body of work will intrigue and amuse viewers with its familiar and implicit visual references. The artist entices the spectator to enter into his world of intrigue and illusion.