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Ted Semienchuk

Ted Semienchuk was born in Montreal in 1940. Born into a family of artists, Ted Semienchuk practiced drawing, painting and sculpture in his spare time. He has worked for much of his life in the field of computer technology. Alongside his career in new technologies, he continues to have an interest in the arts, especially sculpture, expressing himself over the years through traditional sculptural forms. 

However, it was the computer that captured his creative interest. Using computer-assisted drawings that depict wires, he came up with the idea of creating a two-dimensional sculpture in which the viewer would see a three-dimensional image.  

Each work emerges from an inner vision or image that the artist has of the human form: the movement of a ballet dancer, the arched figure skater... It attempts to express and capture the precise moment of a contortion or movement, in short, the expression of the body. From this contortion perspective, the wire as such imposes a certain movement, each sculpture evolving and changing direction. As soon as the material is pushed back in one direction, it will move the same material and the part in another direction. In addition, a duality emerges from this lattice. The metal mesh is solid - the viewer sees the first form - and they are transparent - at the same moment when the gaze crosses the work, the background is added to the lines and the foreground shape, highlighting the expression of the piece. 

In his sculptures, Ted plays with light and shadows to sculpt the subject in three dimensions. The shadow, projected in the background, in turn presents the subject in two dimensions. Ted Semienchuk's works strike the viewer with the beauty of the human body and manage to move by their expressive power. 

His works can be admired in several private collections across Canada and the United States.