Cap’n Jasper artist to restore Lenkiewicz mural

Home Forums Lenkiewicz – general discussion of the man and his work Cap’n Jasper artist to restore Lenkiewicz mural

This topic contains 47 replies, has 17 voices, and was last updated by  007 12 years, 9 months ago. This post has been viewed 2609 times

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 48 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #5815

    007
    Participant

    The Evening Herlad wrote: City businessman Chris Parsonage has pledged to fund the restoration of a massive Barbican mural by the late painter Robert Lenkiewicz. Earlier this week the Herald revealed that city art experts feared time was running out to save the 50ft by 40ft mural – which has been extensively damaged by the elements since its creation in 1971.

    However, in a bid to save the landmark mural, Mr Parsonage has commissioned Barbican artist Richard Clark to oversee the restoration work.

    Mr Parsonage describes Mr Clark as the 'perfect' person to carry out the work. "Richard knew Robert very well and they paint in a similar style," he added.


    Debate has raged for years amongst art aficionados as to which is the greater Barbican mural: Robert Lenkiewicz’s 80-ft meditation on the influence of Jewish thought on Elizabethan culture, or Richard Clark’s boatful of burger munchers daubed on the side of Cap’n Jaspers. Now it seems that Mr Clark is to have the last word after being chosen (no doubt after a vigorous selection process) to head up the team of art school drop-outs who intend to spruce up Lenkiewicz’s dilapidated mural.

    Despite his impressive CV ("Richard knew Robert very well and they paint in a similar style") I was curious to know more about Dick's artistic credentials and found my way to http://www.foxfield.co.uk. The Original Oils page offers a fascinating glimpse into the genius of Plymouth’s next Renaissance Man. To see ‘Cactus Girl’ is to think: this may be Rembrandt reincarnated. Others may think: Clark paints like Lenkiewicz like I drive like Michael Schumacher.

    If you ever wondered what could be worse than the thought of the epic ruin of Lenkiewicz’s spectacular vision slowly losing its battle with the elements, now you know: it’s a Dick Clark mural perfectly preserved for the ages.

    #7038

    Site Admin
    Participant

    Can anybody truly say that they are surprised by this (proposed*) turn of events? Or does it just perfectly sum up Plymouth and it’s total lack of vision or ambition?

    I'm proud to say that I'm a Plymothian, but at times the place and its mentality really makes me despair 🙄

    *pure coincidence that Parsonage should make such a generous offer at the time the Council are sat deciding upon the fate of his bid to take over the Mayflower Visitor Centre?

    #7039

    Eleventh
    Participant

    I think it should be left to slowly decay or covered with something ,some sort of paint that could be removed in years to come when preservation techniques are better or the thing is reconised as being of national importance. I’d rather see what is left of an orininal than some pastiche which in the end is just a copy.

    #7040

    sartre
    Participant

    On balance, I’d vote for the mural to be restored if the cost isn’t prohibitive. It doesn’t require an artist of Robert’s ability to do the restoration, just someone who’s competent. Plus some input from those with experience of the technical skills involved in restoration and conservation.

    The mural will never be restored to its original condition no matter who does the job. The alternative seems to be to allow it to decay. I don't think that's the best option. Surely it's better to keep such a visible reminder of Robert in Plymouth if we want his wishes for his collections to be realised?

    Where else, other than Plymouth, will there ever be a permanent memorial to him? Hampstead or Kilburn don't even come close!

    #7041

    bookmark
    Participant
    Dave Goodwin wrote:
    Can anybody truly say that they are surprised by this (proposed*) turn of events? Or does it just perfectly sum up Plymouth and it’s total lack of vision or ambition?

    I'm proud to say that I'm a Plymothian, but at times the place and its mentality really makes me despair 🙄

    *pure coincidence that Parsonage should make such a generous offer at the time the Council are sat deciding upon the fate of his bid to take over the Mayflower Visitor Centre?

    It is a sadness to see the coldness of Mr Parsonage in his efforts to achieve his own desires at the expence of Robert Lenkiewicz. Is this the same person who owns the barbican studio and if so is he willing to give the building over to the Lenkiewicz Foundation at a peppercorn rent or some such arrangement that would meet with the creation of the art and study centre and a home for Roberts collection. Or is he more interested in speech and bluster in order to further fill his bulging pockets.
    #7042

    oby
    Participant

    Please Please someone put a stop to this crazy idea of having an artist paint over the decaying masterpiece. It is ludicrous just to mention the idea. Some one is obviously trying to make a name for themselves. What you see is history, the mural is in this state because of the nature of the elements through time. Who will paint over the new work in 20 or 50 years time? Don’t tell me someone who paints just like Richard Clark…
    It is possible to create a vacuum encased seethrough cover. I want to remember it from the 70's not how it will look after someone else has HAD A GO at creating a masterpice. Only Great masters can create such masterpieces or have we all forgotten this simple fact?...

    #7043

    lucinda
    Participant

    How about asking Yana, Lisa, or someone else that he taught to restore it surely that would be more sensible wouldnt they be more capable?

    #7044

    oby
    Participant

    IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO PAINT THIS NEW MURAL (WHICH I AM AGAINST THE IDEA) THEN I WOULD HAVE TO SAY ‘WOLF‘, I HAVE NOT SEEN HIS WORK BUT HAVE BEEN TOLD IT IS SPECIAL. THIS WAY THE LEGACY LIVES ON BEARING THE SAME NAME AND COMING FROM THE SAME BLOOD AS ROBERT…I SAY KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY OR NOT AT ALL.

    #7045

    freetime28
    Participant

    I dont see people queing up to restore the mural!

    Surely any restoration is better than leaving it in the decaying state its in, if Chris parsonage is willing to fund the restoration then good for him, and if he manages to earn a few shillings into the bargain then doubly good for him.

    This way it ends up being a win win situation & after all business is business.
    Good for the Mural, good for the barbican & good for him.

    #7046

    oby
    Participant

    typical blinkered money motivated business type answer…

    #7047

    tomtit
    Participant

    That’s a very mean, sniping remark Oby.

    The fact is that the mural belongs to Chris Parsonnage if he owns the studio building, and if he wants to pay someone to restore it then it's up to him.

    You said in your recent post:

    What you see is history, the mural is in this state because of the nature of the elements through time.


    The mural is in the state it's in because Robert Lenkiewicz wasn't interested in it and planned to get rid of it, replaceing it with a stained-glass window according to Esther. Perhaps it would be more in accord with Lenkiewicz's wishes to let the elements finish their job and scour the rest of the mural off the wall.

    #7048

    oby
    Participant

    WELL IF HE OWNS THE BUILING THAT’S OK, HE CAN DO WHAT HE WANTS. BUT I WON’T RUSH TO SEE THE PAINTING BY NUMBERS. I STILL STAND BY MY PREVIOUS COMMENTS.

    #7049

    Eleventh
    Participant

    Damn it ! I’ve a box full of hanging chads which I was going to use in favour of a NO vote but clever site controller Dave has made sure I can’t do that!!!

    #7050

    art3366
    Participant

    The problem here is that all opinions are valid, but it would seem few are qualified!

    Now don't get me wrong, I think that both sides have valid points. I would opt for leaving it alone personally. It is the nature of this kind of work to decay.

    Perhaps it would be much better for the owner of the building to offer the site to other artists by form of a competition.

    A mural by Yana, Wolfe or Louise Courtnell would be fantastic.


    art3366

    #7051

    tomtit
    Participant

    Do you really think that Yana, Wolfe or Louise Courtnell would even be remotely interested?

    I think not!

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 48 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.