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City landscapes of the Belarusian artist whose paintings are illustrated by school textbooks

Minsk dwellers often see a young man with an easel on the streets of his city, writing in various studies in different parts of the capital. This is a famous Belarusian painter Vasily Peshkun, who writes all his paintings only from life, considering this approach to work as the main principle of his work. The master is simply virtuoso on the streets, as if a wizard, by the stroke of a brush creates his author’s canvases, delivering a lot of pleasure to passersby, and especially to children who love to see the most like “uncle draws”.

Love for painting Basil instilled uncle, who as a boy took him to art school. And already at the age of 14, a talented teenager enthusiastically copied pictures of famous Russian classics. But over time, Vasily’s view of art changed radically and he became interested in the work of the Impressionists. Therefore, in the current landscapes of the artist there are still echoes of this style.

And years later, the young painter developed his original style, his technique and author’s handwriting, and this earned the recognition of the public in his homeland and far beyond its borders.

The painter in a few minutes conveys the fleeting state of city streets and the dynamic transience of their lives. Warm colorful palette, the play of light and shade and reflexes, original angles and fairly simple scenes – this is the direction in which the artist works.

For example, in urban landscapes, he often uses simple but spectacular techniques: in the morning, these are the first rays of the sun that awaken the city from sleep, and later, the painter likes to transmit light from street lamps and light from car headlights.

Wandering around the city, every time he finds more and more new plots that catch him as an artist. And he already by means of graphic means conveys to the viewer both the mood, and the emotions, and the condition of the city streets, and various natural phenomena in his artistic vision.

Interesting and original technique wizard. The far plan of almost every canvas he creates is very light and transparent, similar to watercolor. And the closer to the front – the more saturated the artist’s palette sounds, the thicker the paint is applied, which gives the objects volume and texture.

A lot of the artist depicts and rural landscapes, which are inspired by his native village, where he spent his barefoot childhood. And apparently the boy Vasily Peshkun was very fond of the rural snowy winter. A whole series of his works is devoted to her, causing a feeling of light nostalgia in almost all of us.

And finally, I would like to point out several facts from the biography of Vasily Peshkun himself (born in 1978). The painter is from Gomel. He graduated from art school and the Academy of Arts. During his studies he was awarded a presidential scholarship. And since 2005, Peshkun – Member of the Belarusian Union of Artists.

To date, the master’s works adorn the walls of the Palace of Independence in Minsk, as well as Belarusian embassies in Berlin, Budapest, Belgium. His paintings were presented at numerous art forums of national and international significance. Many works of the artist are in the Minsk National Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Russian Art in Jersey City (USA), and of course a large proportion of the artist’s works are sold out to private collections of collectors from Belarus, Russia, USA, Israel, Japan, Italy, France.

But the most important award for the artist is that his textbooks began to illustrate school textbooks. As we remember from childhood, earlier their pages were always illustrated with reproductions of great artists.

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