It’s often best to let an artist introduce themself in their own words, so here is Klaus Lelek describing himself and his work:

I belong to the worldwide group of artists who are dedicated to round female forms and call themselves ‘BBW artists’. The abbreviation stands for ‘big beautiful women’. My worldwide fan base consists mainly of Americans, Russians, Latinos, English and Orientals, countries where women are allowed to weigh a few kilos extra. According to the Bible quote, ‘A prophet is without honour in his own country.’ I am virtually unknown in German-speaking countries.
     A majority of my images belong to graphic novels. Here too I am a blatant outsider, because my stories – mostly on historical subjects – follow the old tradition of picture stories. Thematically I process classic material such as Boccaccio’s Decameron, stories from the Bible, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and the life of the philosopher Rousseau, but I have also created my own narratives such as the abbey on the banks of the Meuse or the Pygmalion project. Over time I have created well over 1,200 illustrations, and will continue to add new ones as long as I don’t find myself in a deep, sad hole again or terrible political events throw me off course.

Lelek, whose varied career has included being a draughtsman, illustrator and author, theological studies and teaching, and writing articles for local and national newspapers, was born in Hamburg and grew up in Bonn and Wiesbaden. He now lives and works in Usingen, near Frankfurt, and as well as his trademark illustrated narratives writes regularly about affairs and events in Wiesbaden and its surrounding area, with a particular emphasis on their religious and cultural significance. He was a founding member of the German Green Party, but has latterly exchanged active involvement in politics for a wider engagement in issues of human rights, ecology, freedom of opinion, and support for oppressed religious minorities.

Klaus Lelek’s idiosyncratic website is here, but there is much more of his BBW material on his page at the Altertuemliches/Altertümliches (Ancient Times) website here. Lelek’s Facebook page, where he regularly posts his thoughts, is here.

We are very grateful to our Russian friend Yuri for suggesting the inclusion of this artist.

Example illustration