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ABOVE: COLOR BLINDNESS ( TRIPTYCH) 120X245 cm OIL ON CANVAS 2002

Straddling the lines between traditional and conceptual art, Vashkevich communicates his ideas via expressive thinking rather than expressive painting using a simple and clear visual language, defined spatial depth, and a direct color palette. This comes to stark relief with the monumental triptych “Color Blindness,” where each panel portrays a female protagonist in different stages of her life and during various phases of love – from being punch-drunk in love to being broken to pieces at the end of the affair. Each cloaked in early 20th century attire, the ladies sport monochromatic tones with just dabs of bright red and green. They appear to hail from a bygone era. This absence of colour is also part of creating a documentary-like feel, leaving one free of referring to externalities, Kabbani says. “The quiet power of the painting lies within the poetics of the psychological spaces that each figure occupies,” according to the work’s accompanying wall description. Kabbani says Vashkevich rebels against the grey-toned settings, which makes the works more visually appealing. “At the same time, the lack of color declares the extreme expressions and gestures to the clarity of Ruslan’s technical capabilities.”

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VASHKEVICH CHALLENGES OUR EXPECTATIONS FROM CLASSIC PORTRAITURE.

IN DOING SO, HIS PIECES MAY NOT APPEAL TO EVERYONE With pulsating imagination, intoxicating wit, and laudable technical prowess, Vashkevich draws us into a world that transcends the language barrier. A harbinger of a new wave in art, Vashkevich piques our interest in Belarusian art and culture www.ruslanvashkevich.com www.qcontemporary.com

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