Constantine Cherkas was one of the artists who was included in an exhibition in 1983 by the Newman Saunders Gallery titled the Russian-American Eight. Included in this exhibit were Constantine’s contemporaries: Sergi Bongart, George Bobritsky, Serge Hollerbach, Michael Lasuchin, Vladimir Odinokov and Vladimir Shatalow. Constantine also became known as one of the West Coast’s top experts in the field of Old Masters restoration. He served as consultant and conservator to many important private and public collections such as those of Howard Ahmanson and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty and the Getty Museum, the Pasadena/Norton Simon Art Museums among many others, including Dorothy Chandler, Max Factor, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford — all avid collectors of Cherkas originals. Over the last 70 years Constantine painted, he explored varied techniques in Impressionism, but his strongest suit was his Modernism. Portraits, landscapes and still lifes continued to be his primary oeuvre. Included in these works were his responses to the events on September 11, 2001, of 18 • Fine Art Magazine • December 2013
which he painted his narratives of that day. The New York Port Authority currently owns one.
Our age is one of synthesis, symbiosis of the scientific and the natural, the modern and the traditional. The art of Constantine
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