Liepke paints with an assured, expressive and fluent handling of his medium. His frank enjoyment of the texture of male and female flesh is fully embodied in the rich and luscious quality of the oil.
The entire focus and centre of attention is the figure.
Liepke works with a cast of characters, young models who act out worlds weary and self-absorbed scenarios.
Some pictures are frank explorations of sensuous male and female appeal.
His subjects are graphically expressed in confident gestural brushwork that describes form in clots, smears, and slicks of sticky, glutinous oil paint.
Exploring contrast he throws dense charcoal blacks against pale and livid flesh tones.
Cream-like paint is laid down in planes of acidic, pastel hues of greens, blues, pinks, purples and oranges, making dramatic contrast with descriptive areas of pale skin-tones.
His responsive manipulation of the brush and medium subtly reacts to the contour and surface of the subject, articulating a world of sensation.
Genuine emotion is on display in a world of mutual grooming and self-presentation.