Description watercolour on paper25 x 65 cmwww.shevchukart.comThe Charles Bridge (Czech: Karlv most )is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. This 'solid-land' connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. The bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge (Kamenn most) or the Prague Bridge (Prask most) but has been the 'Charles Bridge' since 1870.The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.During the night the Charles Bridge is a quiet place. But during the day it changes its face into a very busy place, with painters, owners of kiosks and other traders alongside numerous tourists crossing the bridge.
Yuriy Shevchuk, Prague Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement Yuriy Shevchuk
Born in 1961 in Kiev, Ukraine, Yuri Shevchuk attended the Kiev Art School and later the prestigious Kiev Architectural Academy. Yuriy has adopted the practice of recording his own experiences in his artworks: his three passions, painting, jazz and historical cars have become the focus of his paintings. Since 1993 Shevchuk has been living in the city of Prague, which he depicts in many of his paintings and also where he exhibits his work widely. He has been described as an accomplished master, full of artistic and intellectual energy. Bewitched with jazz music he skillfully and rapidly sketches the cool and charming figures of musicians in action, showing the positive mood of jazz and the stunning spiritual intensity of this bright magical world. His lively and spontaneous paintings expertly translate the atmosphere and verve of the music, using dripping, seeping paints and pastels. Another part of his interests is retro cars. He does not paint cars as such, but tries to depict his emotional perception of retro style. So, the observer can feel spirit of the past on his works. Shevchuk, an associate member of the Pastels Society of America, has participated in numerous exhibitions and his work is held in collections all over the world. The clarity, harmony, the refined palette of colour and line attract sophisticated art and music lovers worldwide. In the presence of Yuriy’s paintings one can almost hear the blues, feel the beguiling emotions and impassioned feelings of the musicians translated through the artist; such intoxication supports the belief that Yuriy Shevchuk is undoubtedly among the leading contemporary artists exhibiting widely in the Czech Republic today.
2007 PASTEL SOCIETY OF AMERICA associate member
1993 – 1995 RAPID Gallery Prague Czech Rebublic
2006 – 2007 ART Gallery Tynska7 Prague Czech Rebublic
2007 Michalska Gallery Prague Czech Rebublic
2007 – 2008 Art Gallery Laperuza Prague Czech Rebublic
2007 118 SALON Des Artistes INDEPENDANTS Paris France -Catalog
2007 LIBR-ART Libramont-Chevigny Belgie -Catalog
2007 ATR-EVENT Antverpen Belgie -Catalog
2007-2008 Crazy Cow Gallery Prague Czech Rebublic
2008-2009 Max Art Gallery Prague Czech Rebublic
2009 EE Fine Art Gallery Cambridge England
2010 Juli Open-Air Kunstfestival Baden-Baden Augustaplatz Germany
2010 Oktober Open-Art Baden Baden Germany
2010 Exhibitions «Music and Theatre» restaurant «Gorky» Moscow Russia
2010 10-17 November Exhibitions works finalistst international competition Art-Preview Moscow Russia
2010-2011 december-january galery Kaiserhof Baden-Baden Germany
2010 26-29 december 2011 3-10 january Gallery KINO and Gallery АРТ-КЛУБ 21 “ФАБРИКА ЗВЕЗД. ИМПРОВИЗАЦИИ.”Moskow Russia
2011 25-27 february Спецпроекты выставки «Бижутерия»: «Фабрика грез. Легенды Голливуда» из коллекции АРТ-КЛУБ 21 «Амбер Плаза» Moskow Russia
2011 1-30 september Prague through the eyes of Russian artists Russian Art Museum in Prague
2011 Oktober Open-Art Baden Baden Germany
Works in privat collections Russia,Ukraine,Germany,USA,France,Belgie,Canada,England,Australia,Austria,Italy,Argentina,Brasilie,Israel,Spain, etc.