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Whispering Trees Boats and Beach Cherkas, with his own intricate fusion of modern and traditional ideals, is a metaphor of the complex, often divine duality of nature and technology. Constantine attributes this harmony and spiritual manner to his intensive study of Russian Iconography. “Icons have a spirit in them. A spirit that puts you into perspective with the universe, Song of Malevich but it happens gently like a caress.” As a sculptor vested in constructivism he was a sculptors’ painter. Constantine Cherkas was a friend and seemed a fateful connection to a history in which there are still worthy ideals to champion. The works of Constantine Cherkas represent the ultimate incarnation of Kasmir Malevich’s prophesy. Constantine’s gem-faceted landscapes and figurative compositions are veritable symphonies of pure color and abstract forms. Constantine died in April, 2011. Contributions by Peter Cherkas & John Bowlt Fine Art Magazine • December 2013 • 19

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