Paul Senyol

Paul has been drawing and painting since his early high school years, however never pursuing any form of artistic or graphic training. At 16, he discovered the freedom of skateboarding and punk rock music in the beautiful suburb of Welgemoed, where he grew up. This naturally became a key influence in his early drawings, sketches and paintings.skateboard graphics, album covers, magazine layouts and illustrations played a role in developing his aesthetic eye.

Around the same time, he also became exposed to the creativity of graffiti and street artists such as Marc Gonzales, Ed Templeton, and Barry McGee - all of this forming part of his early art education. he was later introduced and moved by the creative thought and artistic genius of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Cy Twombly. His lack of formal training and schooling has given him the freedom to break away from traditional notions of painting, to explore genres and styles, and to meld mediums, allowing him a creative freedom that flows so evidently through his collection of work.

Senyol's art lingers gracefully and intentionally between beauty and honesty and brings a surreal, yet abstract world into being. His current work focuses heavily on shape, line, form, composition and colour. each faint line. Bold brushstroke and shape carefully composed to breathe life into it's environment, reflecting something of light, experience and thought. His finished work seeks to engage the viewer through translating his own experiences to canvas, allowing an open discussion and translation of his work.

Senyol has exhibited extensively throughout South Africa and abroad.
He currently works from a studio in Woodstock, Cape Town.


Exhibitions at the KZNSA

Main Gallery, Multi-media room

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