Weschke’s powerfully expressive figurative paintings have been likened to those of Francis Bacon, and described as ‘existential’ by the former Director of Collections at Tate, Jeremy Lewison. They are informed by his deprived childhood, his experiences with the Hitler Youth and his capture by the Allies when his fighter plane was shot down. He was subsequently interned in a camp in Cambridge, but after discovering a love of art rooted in German Expressionism, he settled in Cornwall, where he raised four children.
Somewhat of a recluse, Weschke is the last of the St Ives artists of this period to be unearthed. Tate owns several of his works and honoured him with a retrospective in St. Ives in 2004. This will be Jonathan Clark’s first solo exhibition of Weschke’s work since undertaking to represent the artist’s estate, and it will present a re-evaluation of his importance within British modern art.