My Story and CV
Lucky enough to grow up on an orchard in New England, Christian Mushenko had an affinity with the natural world, developing a sensitivity and appreciation of the environment around him.
"I think from an early age I was aware of 'moments'. I can still remember a sense of place and time on many occasions (or maybe they were the memories from family slide shows in the dark). The heat and haze of a summer afternoon in tall grass, the smell of autumn with crisp sun shining through leaves, or the quiet peace of a new blanket of snow".
Through film and a camera, he found a vehicle to illustrate this consciousness and wonder, and create expressions of beauty.
This desire to create and share something of beauty has extended into his career as a photographer, becoming known for a style rich in feeling and humanity, that has been described as silky and romantic, alive and vibrant.
In his abstract seascapes, Christian uses the elements of nature: light, sea and sky, to create painterly images with a dreamlike quality. The hues of dusk reflecting off an almost imaginary shore, or reflections off a seductive sea take on a poetic quality.
Having developed a body of fine art work based around lush abstract seascapes, people have responded finding a mirror for memories, and an invitation to wonder, to get lost and to dream. They are soulful works portraying a quiet sense of peace and romantic yearning. These seascapes have featured in Hollywood movie sets, and grace walls from Manhattan to Sydney. Christian is represented in New York by June Bateman Fine Art.
Mushenko has been predominantly Sydney based, and works in photographic and video art forms. He has a Bachelor of Science Honours (Class 1) from Macquarie University, an Assoc. Diploma in Fine Arts from Sydney Institute (TAFE), and is currently completing a Masters of Art at UNSW Art & Design. In 2013, his body of work entitled Longing was exhibited in solo exhibitions in Fox Gallery, Prague and the Art House Hotel, Sydney. His work has been included in group shows in Sydney, New York, Miami and Brazil.
He has been awarded 1st Place Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art, 7th Annual Photography Masters Cup in 2014; Gold Lotus Award Adfest in 2009; and Peoples Choice winner in the 2007 HeadOn Alternative Portrait Competition. His work is held in private collections in the USA, UK and Australia.
2017 Master of Art (anticipated completion) UNSW Art & Design, Sydney
1992 Associate Diploma of Fine Art, Sydney Institute of Technology, TAFE NSW
1985 Bachelor of Science, Hons (1st), Macquarie University, Sydney
2013 Longing, Fox Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Longing, Art House Hotel, Sydney
2007 New York Stories, Studio 68, Sydney
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 ADDON, HEAD ON, aMBUSH Gallery, Chippendale, Sydney
2015 ADDON, HEAD ON, Depot I Gallery, Sydney
SCOPE ART FAIR, Miami
2014 ADDON, HEAD ON, Depot I Gallery, Sydney
SeeMe Takeover Times Square, New York
2013 ADDON, HEAD ON, Depot II Gallery, Sydney
2012 ADDON, HEAD ON, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2011 ADDON, HEAD ON, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
Captured, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney
Sydney Art Show, Convention & Exhibition Centre, Sydney
2009 Canon Reflexion 50 years of EOS, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney
2008 HeadOn Portrait Prize, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2007 HeadOn Portrait Prize, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2006 Masters of Photography International Charity Exhibition, Curitiba, Brazil
SELECTED JOINT EXHIBITIONS
2009 Affinity Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney
2007 Soul Bathers Gallery, Sydney
2005 Seduced By the Sea Bathers Gallery, Sydney
2015 International Color Awards, People Category, 2nd Place
2014 International Color Awards, Fine Art Category, 1st Place
2009 Adfest, Outdoor Poster Category, Gold Lotus Award
2008 Cannes Lion, Bronze Lion
2007 Head On Alternative Portrait Competition, Peoples Choice winner, Sydney
2006 International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup, Honour of Distinction
1992 Sydney Institute Graduating Class in Photography, Awarded top portfolio
Private collections in Australia, Great Britain, USA
2013 Desktop Magazine, “LONG LIGHT” Profile, Review of Longing exhibition, http://www.christianmushenko.com/blog/2014/02/25/longing-beams-through-the-pages-of-desktop-magazine