Karel Lek: Jewish Painter Who Found 'Freedom' in Wales Dies

By Huw Thomas
Mr Lek's paintings included his 1970 work focused on the Parys Mountain copper mine on Anglesey
An artist who fled the Nazis during World War Two and made Wales his home, has died. Karel Lek was a child when his Jewish family left Belgium after Hitler invaded in 1940. Mr Lek, who was 90 and lived on Anglesey, had described finding "freedom" in Wales, with the scenery inspiring his work. His work is contained in many public and private collections, including the National Library of Wales. During an interview with BBC Wales in 2007, he said after experiencing prejudices at school in Belgium, he found freedom in his new home. [More]
Karel Lek at work in 2007