By Bob Reiss, From the Re-Echo, Winter 2004
Malcolm “Skip” Liepke is a very successful painter whose work is very much in demand. His paintings sell from $20,000 up to $100,000, and they are purchased as quickly as they are finished. Skip was the subject of a two page article in the February 1, 2004 StarTribune.
Skip was raised in the Elmwood neighborhood of St. Louis Park. The graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1972 as did his wife, Michelle. His mother and father were decorators for commercial property.
Skip attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California for a year and a half. He left to work on freelance art such as movie posters and sports illustrations. He moved to New York in 1978. He was financially successful by doing magazine covers and other award winning projects, but he hated it.
In 1991 he quit doing commercial art and started painting fine art. His painting caught on quickly and today it is in high demand by the higher and more educated collectors.
In 1995, Skip and his wife moved back to Minneapolis. Today they live with their two sons in a home on Lake of the Isles.