Artists Of Special Quality Available From The Reuben Lenkiewicz Fine Art Gallery
“As curator of The Reuben Lenkiewicz Art Gallery I mostly focus on my fathers art Robert Lenkiewicz. However throughout my life I have been inspired by artists of all times and styles. I have also been surrounded by artists from my earliest years. I have wanted to show this in the selection of fine artists available from The Reuben Lenkiewicz Art Gallery”. Reuben Lenkiewicz
Robbie Duff-Scott was born in Bristol in 1959. He was educated at
Clifton College then York University where he studied French and
After graduating in 1980, Duff-Scott began to teach himself to paint,
studying the techniques used by the Renaissance masters. Drawn to Italy by ‘the dark’ of Caravaggio, he moved there in 1984 with novelist Lisa St Aubin de Terán. He eventually settled permanently in Umbria,
where in 1990, his daughter Florence was born.
That same year he held an exhibition in Rome which brought him to the
attention of Scottish art critic Claire Henry, her interest resulted in two
further exhibitions for Duff-Scott in Glasgow.
During the decades that followed he developed and refined his
technique; joining the Francis Kyle Gallery in 1997. He continued to live
in Italy, exhibiting his work there and in numerous other European cities,
including solo show’s in Amsterdam, Cologne, Belfast and London.
In 2016 aged 57, Duff-Scott died of a stroke in Italy where he is now
buried. His daughter Florence Duff-Scott returned a collection of his
paintings to the South West, where she plans to continue exhibiting
them. Florence lives and works in Devon.
‘At first it is the silent characters, the faces wrapped in stillness, that
draw you in, but the backgrounds of the paintings can often be the most
striking feature. They are a mysterious, pulsating setting for forms to
appear and metamorphose. At times it is an ancient wall ravaged by the
passage of time, on which images evolve, break away, and live awhile
only to be engulfed again. In some cases only the contour of an object
lingers, like a chalk mark around a body.
In other works the background resembles an ancient, time worn fresco, a
vague area suffused with enchantment, on which the coloured pigment
is laid on thickly in some areas, and apparently dissolves in others.
Before this sensitive curtain, the characters we have already met are
accompanied by everyday objects, set near to others of a more
uncommon nature. Their emblematic presence carries us off in a whirl of allusions, memories, and allegorical appeals. And then again it is
sometimes as if these tangible forms are captured moments, pools of
silence and repose, the rightness of placed things, amongst the
commotion that begins at their borders.’ – Robbie Duff-Scott
1982 – Finalist for the John Player Portrait award,National Portrait
1986 -Prize winner at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
1990 Morra, Perugia Province, Italy 1990 Circolo Tifernate Accademia Degli Illuminati, Citta di Castello, Italy
1991 Galleria Rossini, Rome, Italy
1991 “Soliloques”Artbank Gallery,Glasgow
1992 Veldsvorm Gallery, Amsterdam
1993 Comune di Tuscania,Viterbo, Italy
1994 Centro De Gasperi, Milan, Italy
1994 Osper Gallery, Cologne
1995 “Comfort of Strangers” Veldsvorm Gallery, Amsterdam
1997 Castillo di Montegridolfo, le Marche, Italy
1998 Villa Fidelina Spello, Italy
2000 Francis Kyle Gallery, London
2001 Sala Consiare, Montone, Italy
2002 Francis Kyle Gallery, London
2004 Galleria Montecastelli, Umbertide, Italy
2005 Galleria Montecastelli, Umbertide, Italy
2007 Galleria Il Cercio, Perugia, Italy
2008 Galleria La Loggia,Arezzo, Italy
2008 Eakin Gallery,Belfast,Ireland
2009 Galleria Pomarancio,Umbertide,Italy
2010 “Frutti Toccati” Fondazione Federico ll,Palermo, Italy
2011 Eakin Gallery Belfast, Ireland
2012 “Because we are also what we have lost”Centro per l’Arte
Contemporanea – Rocca di Umbertide,Italy
2014 ” The wale that swallowed the moon”Centro per l’Arte
Contemporanea – Rocca di Umbertide,Italy.
I am based in Cornwall UK. My work is predominantly figurative. The wonderful thing about people is that there is no such thing as an ‘ordinary’ person. I love detail, be it fabrics, patterns, or styles, or blemishes, scars, folds, creases,tones of a nude. I choose to use oil always, it has a wonderful silky fluidity that suits my work. I have twice been a finalist in Sky Art Portrait Artist of the Year, with one of my images being selected to appear over and over in a huge installation of a portrait of The Mona Lisa on Clapham Common, London following series one. I am currently working on a series of approximately 30 anonymous portraits for a solo exhibition in Devon, UK in Oct 2019. ‘On The Face Of It’ refers to the way that we pass judgement at first glance, and that our opinion can change if we take the time to look a little closer.