The beauties of the human body through Aleksandr Onyshchenko’s lens at the Assumption Gallery

10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM

The beauties of the human body serve as the inspiration for photographer Aleksandr Onyshchenko's exhibit, The beauty of the human lines,being featured at Moncton's Assumption Gallery, starting September 3rd.

Ukrainian-born Aleksandr "Sasha" Onyshchenko came to Moncton in 2006 to join the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. It wasn't long before he and his wife, a fellow ballet dancer, decided to make Moncton their home. Sasha says that after four years developing his artistic expression with the Ballet Theatre, he made what seemed to hima natural transition to photography, art he taught himself.

In The beauty of the human lines, the artist presents a study of the human body through a series of abstract images. "I wanted to capture visually dramatic images, where sensuality meets elegance, where the fine arts intersect with beauty", says Sasha, whose wife was his model for the photos in the exhibit.

Sasha acknowledges that his interest in the human body as art stems from his years as a professional ballet dancer. "In a dance studio", he explains, "we spent countless hours rehearsing in front of large mirrors, studying the lines of our body. In this exhibit, I wanted to revisit those lines and convey the beauties of the human body through a different medium."

Working out of his Moncton photography studio, Kravetz Photographics,Aleksandr Onyshchenko is in great demand. Commissions keep rolling in, and his work is earning widespread recognition. His fashion photos appear in leading magazines, including the Italian edition of Vogue. In 2012, he received an award for best wedding album from the Professional Photographers of Canada.

Aleksandr Onyshchenko's The beauty of the human lineswill be on display at the Assumption Gallery through September and October. The artist is inviting the public and the media to a reception to mark the opening of the exhibit on Thursday, September5, from 5pm to 7pm.

The Assumption Gallery exhibits works of contemporary, modern and popular art, works based on history and folklore and sculptures and photographs by professional Canadian artists. Six two-month exhibitions are presented every year. The Gallery is located at770 Main Street in Moncton, on the ground floor of Assumption Place, and is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.