Yury Darashkevich

 

“My works are about visual perception and the ways in which the face or body or sometimes even a simple cup responds to the color, line, texture or pattern. The “Thing” or “Subject” by itself, surrounded by “Great Nothing”, is my excitement. I try to establish a very private dialog between the viewer and the subject matter of my painting. It is a simple and sincere conversation without any unnecessary details.”

 

BIOGRAPHY

Yury Darashkevich was born in Asipovichi, Belarus in 1962. He moved to Canada in 1998 and lives and works in Toronto.

EDUCATION

  • 1985 Graduated from the Belarussian Academy of Arts

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2010 ‘Mystic Point’, Abbozzo Gallery, Oakville, ON
  • 2004 ‘Art by the Cup’, Lydia Monaro Gallery, Montreal, QC (solo)
  • ‘Shadow of Water’, Peterson Fine Art, Toronto, ON
  • 2001 ‘The Quest for One’s Own Vessel’, Peterson Fine Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 1999 ‘Introduction’, Prime Gallery, Toronto
  • 1998 ‘Bremen Daybook’, Goethe Institute, Bremen, Germany
  • A Little Blue’, Podkova Lesna Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1997 ‘Only Blue’, Grigo Ratay Gallery, Vilnus, Lithuania
  • ‘1996 ‘New Graal’, 6 Line Gallery, Minsk, Belarus
  • ‘Cups, Search #2’, Villa Weiner Gallery, Rheine, Germany
  • 1995 ‘Cups, Search #1’, National Art Museum of Belarus, Minsk
  • ‘Brown Women’, Exhibition Place JEC International, Turin, Italy
  • ‘Brown Square’, Republican Art Gallery, Minsk
  • 1994 ‘Cups and Dames’, Palace of Arts, Minsk

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2010 ‘Integration Exhibition’, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
  • 2007 ‘Around Cup’, Westmount Gallery, Toronto, ON
  • 2005 ‘Toronto International Art Fair’, Toronto, ON
  • 2004 ‘Group Show and Auction’, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON
    Milwaukee Art Museum, ‘Lakefront Art Festival’, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2003 Water (Group Exhibition), Abbozzo Gallery, Ooakville, ON

 AWARDS

  • 2009 Best in Show Award, Society of Canadian Artists Members’ Exhibition, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canada
  • 2002 Artist of the Month – Liquitex Grants and Awards Program
  • 2000 Second Prize, 10th International Art Competition, Havre-de-Grace, USA
  • Second Prize, Kreft International Juried Exhibition, Ann Arbor, USA
  • 1999 Award of Excellence, Manhattan Arts International Magazine Annual Art Competition
  • Best in Show, Artfocus Magazine 8th Annual Fall Artist’s Show, Toronto, ON
  • 1995 Grant from Soros Foundation
  •  First Prize, White Art Festival, Minsk, Belarus
  • 1993 First Prize, Advertising 93 Competition, Kiev, Ukraine

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Noel Meyer, “New Frontiers in Canada”, “Magazin Art” #4/ Summer 2006, p.127-130
  • Dorota Kozinska, “Contained Freedom”, “Parcours”, Autumn 2003, p.9
  • Jean Dumont, “La Lumiere avant tout”, “Parcour”, Autumn 2003, p. 7-8
  • Robert Bernier, “La fluidite des sens”, “Parcour”, hiver 2002, p. 37-47
  • Dorota Kozinska, “Art by the Cup”, “Parcour”, hiver 2002, p.41-44
  • Mary Ann Wilkinson, “2000 Kreft National Juried Exhibition”, Kreft Gallery catalog, 2000
  • Martin Rehkopp, “Kunstprojekt Texte” Kulturforum Rheine, 1998, p. 13-15
  • Frauke Fischer, “Bremer Tagebuchs” “Weserkurier”, 14 January, 1998
  • “The Belarusian Encyclopedia” book #6, p. 51
  • “The Encyclopedia of Art and Design”, Minsk, p. 46

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Numerous museums, galleries and private collectors have acquired the artwork of Yury Darashkevich including:

  • Aurion Capital Management, Canada
  • Kloster Bentlage, Germany
  • Lakeshore Memorial Library, Canada
  • Multiple Arte Gallery, Spain
  • Tanja Collections, Holland
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Minsk
  • The National Art Museum of Belarus
  • Volks Bank, Germany
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