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A Unique Evening of Art Set To Music

On Thursday 7 May 2009, the Florence Hall at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) was the venue for an exclusive evening event setting out to intertwine the art and music of two gifted talents. The potent and emotive oil paintings of Prague-based artist Alexandr Onishenko was accompanied by the music of London-based composer Michael Omer. These original compositions were directly inspired by the paintings themselves and written to celebrate and explore the experience of each image.

This collaboration between Onishenko and Omer was the culmination of a year’s planning, with Alexandr creating 30 paintings exclusively for this exhibition. As guests viewed the paintings they experienced musicians performing a piece of music composed specifically for three of these paintings, expressing the passion, emotion and story behind the art: the performers were from the renowned London Mozart Players, together with international violin soloist Siân Philipps.

The event was sponsored by exclusive Marylebone based Dental Practice, ‘38 Devonshire Street’. It was a ticket-only event but a selection of works by Onishenko will continue to be displayed at 38 Devonshire Street on an on-going basis and will be available to view by prior arrangement. www.38devonshirestreet.co.uk

Onishenko is originally from the Ukraine, which he fled in the 1990’s ending up penniless in Prague, selling paintings on the Charles Bridge. He was spotted as a raw talent by a gallery owner who began selling his paintings. Onishenko now has his own gallery and has shown paintings all over the world. In his signature style, painting on black canvas with nearly exclusive use of the pallet knife, Onishenko dramatically depicts a range of subject matters including landscapes, urban scenes and people at work or play.

Sponsor of the event, dentist Dr Gaynor Barrett from 38 Devonshire Street said: “This event resulted in something exceptional and ground-breaking – it is rare that a piece of artwork has its own soundtrack and it was something which made the paintings even more special. The audience were ecstatic by the end of the evening - truly a landmark event, which will generate further exciting things for us in the future. I had been a huge fan of both Alexandr and Michael’s work and came up with the idea of putting them together - the result was an extraordinary marrying of art-forms, which turned out even better than we expected!”

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Painting by Alexandr Onishenko
Credit © Galerie Jakubska

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