Painter and draughtsman, born in Taubenpreskeln, Germany. As a boy he was encouraged to paint by the artist Otto Dix. Taken prisoner of war while serving in the German Air force, Weschke arrived in Britain in 1945. Studied at St Martin’s School of Art, 1949. After meeting with members of the David Bomberg-inspired Borough Group in Spain in 1953 and a period in Sweden in 1954–5, Weschke moved to Cornwall in 1955 after becoming acquainted with the artist Bryan Wynter in London. Five years later he settled at Cape Cornwall, St Just, by which time he was a member of the Penwith Society. Weschke went on to win an Arts Council Major Award in 1976; he was a John Moores Liverpool Exhibition prizewinner in 1978; a Southwest Arts Major Award winner in the same year; and two years later he won an Arts Council Purchase Award.
Arts Council and Bristol City Art Gallery hold his work, which has Expressionist tendencies and is sometimes sombre, both figurative and landscape. As well as taking part in many British and international group shows, Weschke exhibited regularly in one-man shows. After New Vision Centre Gallery in 1958 venues included Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, 1964; Newlyn Art Gallery, 1974; Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Cambridge, and tour, 1980–1; and Redfern Gallery, 1984. Tate St Ives gave him a solo exhibition in 2004. Weschke had always disliked what he felt was the cultural and social snobbery of the St Ives School, terming it “Bloomsbury-on-Sea”; scorned Ben Nicholson’s “art about art”; and liked even less painters of boats and crab pots.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)