Albert Lipczinski exhibition returns spirit of deported artist to Liverpool

By Nick Owen | 01 August 2011
The first painting Lipczinsky sold to the Birkenhead Art Gallery, a portrait of his dog Fanny
© Courtesy of Wirral Council

Exhibition: Albert Lipczinski, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, until October 2 2011

Working in partnership with the National Museum in Gdansk, the first ever full-career retrospective of Albert Lipczinski, one of Liverpool’s unheralded artistic talents, attempts to assemble work by the artist from different periods throughout his life.

Albert Lipczinski arrived in Liverpool in the late 1890s and soon became a fixture with the Bohemian artistic set that worked around the University and the Sandon Studios.

A student of Augustus John, Lipczinski eventually married John’s model, Elizabeth
A self-portrait of Albert Lipczinsky
© Courtesy of Wirral Council
Milne, and the two settled in to a Bohemian lifestyle in a squat on Roscoe Street.

His work was shown in a variety of local exhibitions with the Birkenhead Art Gallery, which was the first to buy one of his works - an oil painting of his beloved greyhound, Fanny.

Due to his nationality, Lipczinsky was interned on the Isle of Wight during the First World War, and was later deported to Gdansk in 1919 despite efforts by John to keep him in the country.

He spent the rest of his life producing commissioned portraits and landscapes in Sopot, a small Polish town on the Baltic Coast.

Despite the difficulties of working under both Nazi and Communist regimes, Lipczinski worked into his 70s.

The exhibition features more than 80 works by the artist, which have been drawn from public and private collections in Poland, Germany, Portugal and the UK.

  • Open 10am-5pm (except Monday, open Bank Holiday Monday). Admission free.
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