Yankus’ fine art and published experience span a period of more than twenty-five years.
Yankus’ artwork has graced the covers of books by Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth, and Alan Hollinghurst, among many others. His images have also been used for theatrical posters for such acclaimed Broadway shows as Jane Eyre; August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; and John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Doubt.
His work has been included in exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; Exit Art, New York City; The Library of Congress, Washington, DC; and recently at ClampArt, New York City.
Additionally, Yankus’ artwork have appeared both on the covers and inside the pages of numerous publications ranging from The Atlantic Monthly to Photo District News.
The superimposition of the old and the new, serves as a metaphor for Yankus’ wider conceptual interests.
Throughout his work, the artist oscillates not only between the old and the new, the past and the present, but also between figuration and landscape. Establishing a rhythm and play between timeless portraits and beautifully still and quiet landscapes and cityscapes, Yankus’ achievement is a wonderful consistency of mood. Hushed, introspective, and at times even melancholic, this body of work is ultimately a reflection of the arts’ personal past and his passage in to the present time.