Before Kaspar – Thomas Lenk began his artistic career as a sculptor, drafter, and printmaker, he was training to become a stonemason. With that industrial training, Lenk made his first departures into sculpture in 1952, establishing himself as an independent artist, focusing mostly on figurative work. By 1955, Lenk had moved toward abstraction and by 1964, had begun to develop his hallmark stacked sculptures he called “Bolt Lake Tiken,” which drew international attention and acclaim. His work since then has maintained that theme of stacking, using high chroma, pop colors, and polished steel, hearkening back to his industrial background.
In 1968, Lenk was invited to the 4.documenta in Kassel and in 1970, represented the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale.