Karl Weschke 1925-2005

1925 Born 7 June, near Gera, in Germany.

1942 Applied to join German Air Force.

1945-8 Prisoner of War in Britain. Began to paint and sculpt.

1947 Sent to Radwinter Student Camp, attended history of art course at St. John's College, Cambridge.

1949 St. Martin's School of Art, London. 

1952 Set Designer for Berto Pasuka's Les Ballets Nègres. 

1953 Lived in Spain. On return to England worked as a circus lion feeder. 

1955 Moved to Zennor, Cornwall, as a result of meeting Bryan Wynter.Met the poet W.S. Graham. 

1957-9 Member of The Penwith Society. 

1957'A Selection of Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Pottery', The Penwith Society of Arts, Arts Council touring exhibition. 

1958 Karl Weschke', New Vision Centre Gallery, London. 

1959 'Weschke', Woodstock Gallery, London. First public acquisition: Deposition Triptych bought by The Art Gallery of New South Wales.Met Francis Bacon. 

1960 Moved to Cape Cornwall. 'Karl Weschke Paintings and Drawings', Matthiesen Gallery, London. 

1961 'Resolution 42', Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, and Bethnal Green Library, London. 

1962 'Malerei der Gegenwart aus Südwest England', Kunstverein, Hanover, Germany. 'West Penwith Painters and Sculptors', Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. 

1963 'Contemporary Landscape Painting', Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. 'British Painting in the Sixties', Tate Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London. 

1964 Acquired dog, Dankoff.'Karl Weschke', Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol. 'Karl Weschke Recent Paintings and Drawings', Grosvenor Gallery, London. 

1968 'Karl Weschke', Dartington Hall, Devon, and Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.

1971-2 'Karl Weschke Paintings', City Art Gallery, Plymouth; Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol; Park Square Gallery, Leeds; Compass Gallery, Glasgow. 

1974 'Karl Weschke - Paintings of Woman, Landscape and Allegory', Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance. 

1978 'Karl Weschke Recent Paintings', Bodmin Fine Arts Gallery, Bodmin, Cornwall. 

1980-1 'Karl Weschke Paintings and Drawings since 1974', Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; Spacex Gallery, Exeter. 

1981-2 'The Subjective Eye', Arts Council touring exhibition, selected by Edward Lucie-Smith and Moira Kelly. 

1983 '8 in the '80s - New British Painting', The Soho Building, New York. 

1984 'Karl Weschke Recent Paintings and Drawings', Redfern Gallery, London. 

1985 'St Ives 1939-64. Twenty-Five Years of Painting, Sculpture and Pottery', Tate Gallery, London. 

1987 'Karl Weschke Paintings and Drawings', Redfern Gallery, London. 'Looking West', Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, and Royal College of Art, London. 

1989-9 Collaborated with Alison de Vere on 'Psyche and Eros', an animated film commissioned by Channel 4. 

1989 'Karl Weschke - An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings', Redfern Gallery, London. 

1990 Visited Egypt.'Spring Exhibition 1990', Redfern Gallery, London. 

1992 Visited Egypt for second time.'A Memory of Sweetness', Redfern Gallery, London; Cyril Gerber Fine Art, Glasgow. 

1994 Awarded Honorary Degree by University of Plymouth.'Karl Weschke. Recent Paintings, Watercolours and 10 New Etchings', Redfern Gallery, London. 

1996-7 Extended display (7 paintings), Tate Gallery, London, 21 May - 9 October. Extended display (6 paintings), Tate Gallery, St Ives, 16 November - 21 April. 

2000 Film entitled 'Karl Weschke- Myth of a Life' by Thomas Grube. 

2001  Retrospective (paintings), Kunstsammlung Gera, Germany.Retrospective (works on paper), Kunstverein Gera e.V., Germany. 

2004 'Karl Weschke - Beneath a Black Sky', Tate St. Ives, Cornwall. 

2005 Karl Martin Weschke dies, 20 February.

 

Public & Private Collections


 

The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas

Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London

Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland (print collection)

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

British Museum, London

Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

C.S.O. Contemporary Art Collection

Contemporary Art Society, London

Cornwall Education Committee

Dorset County Hospital

Government Art Collection

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Kunstsammlung Gera, Germany

Tate Gallery, London

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Minorco Services (UK) Ltd

Museum of Modern Art, New York (print collection)

Pearl Assurance plc

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Stockley Park Consortium

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney