Paul Senyol New Works Cape Town Art Fair 2015

Paul Senyol New Works for Cape Town Art Fair 2015

SenyolFinding Material – mixed media on wood – 1050mm x 1250mm

Some new works by local Cape Town artist Paul Senyol for the Cape Town Art Fair 2015.

SenyolSimple Sentences – mixed media on wood – 1250mm x 1450mm – framed

SenyolSynonyms – mixed media on wood – 1240mm x 1250mm – framed

SenyolThe Mariana – mixed media on wood – 1050mm x 1250mm – framed

SenyolThird Person – mixed media on wood – 1250mm x 1240mm – framed

SenyolWinter Sun – mixed media on wood – 1250mm x 1450mm – framed

Paul Senyol New Work: Golden Haze

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Golden Haze’
mixed media on wood
1020mm x 1220mm
framed

New Works: Golden Haze, Group Show at Salon91, 6th December 2014

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Mountain Top’
mixed media on wood
1220mm x 1410mm
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Ocean’s End’
mixed media on wood
615mm x 465mm
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘South West’
mixed media on wood
1220mm x 1010mm
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Summer’s Blue’
mixed media on fabriano paper
hexagonal
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Valley’s End’
mixed media on wood
615mm x 465mm
framed

Senyol Odd Traditions Show

Senyol Odd Traditions

Senyol Odd Traditions‘bounty’ – mixed media on canson montval 300g – 1400mm x 1200mm – unframed

‘ODD TRADITIONS’
A conversation of painting and installation by Paul Senyol and Pierre le Riche opens Wednesday the 15th of October at Salon91.

Senyol Odd Traditions‘bush fire’ – mixed media on fabriano watercolor 300g – 805mm x 685mm – unframed

Senyol Odd Traditions‘golden days’ – mixed media on fabriano watercolor 300g – 805mm x 685mm – unframed

Senyol Odd Traditions‘tomorrow land’ – mixed media on fabriano watercolor 300g – 805mm x 750mm – unframed

Senyol New Works: RVCA CircleCulture

Conquest by Paul SenyolConquest / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1300mm x 1000mm / unframed

Some visual inspiration for your eyeballs. Check out the rad new artworks that local Cape Town artist, Senyol, has been working on for the RVCA CircleCulture Gallery Group Show.

First Blush by Paul SenyolFirst Blush / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1300mm x 1000mm / unframed

Mirage by Paul SenyolMirage / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1300mm x 1000mm / unframed

Passeth Through by Paul SenyolPasseth Through / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1500mm x 1000mm / unframed

Second Light by Paul SenyolSecond Light / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1300mm x 1000mm / unframed

Check out more works by Senyol here.

LOST/FOUND EXHIBITION OPENS TONIGHT

lost found exhibition

Revolution presents:

lost / found

Verb 2013 Artist Series Range Launch
&
lost/found: an exhibition of exploration

Verb Artist Skateboard Range 2013:
Daniel Ting Chong
Gerard Human
Hanno Van Zyl
Jade Klara
Justin Southey
Jaco Haasbroek

And artists:
Paul Senyol
Simon Berndt
Jason de Villiers
Dani Loureiro
Ninja Bread Boy
Motel 7
Justin Poulter
Cassandra Johnson
Nicola De Jager
Matthew Oldfield
Candice Jezek aka Z
Chris Valentine
Michael Dos Ramos

DJ’s on vinyl from Roastin’ Records

Cash bar

Opening:
28 November 2013
7 – 10pm

Good to know:
A portion of proceeds from the evening will go to Milkshed; a not-for-profit business that uses reclaimed wood to create furniture and rebuild schools.

Revolution, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock

021 447 6801

Verb | ROASTIN’ RECORDS – Cape Town | Revolution | The Kraken Rum | Milkshed

NEW WORK FROM SENYOL

Paul SenyolBonnie, mixed media on canson montval 300gm

Paul SenyolRobin, mixed media on canson montval 300gm

Paul SenyolWondrous Cloud, mixed media on canson montval 300gm

Paul Senyol is an abstract artist, based in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa.
senyol.blogspot.com

LOST / FOUND EXHIBITION

lost found exhibition

Revolution presents:

lost / found

Verb 2013 Artist Series Range Launch
&
lost/found: an exhibition of exploration

Verb Artist Skateboard Range 2013:
Daniel Ting Chong
Gerard Human
Hanno Van Zyl
Jade Klara
Justin Southey
Jaco Haasbroek

And artists:
Paul Senyol
Simon Berndt
Jason de Villiers
Dani Loureiro
Ninja Bread Boy
Motel 7
Justin Poulter
Cassandra Johnson
Nicola De Jager
Matthew Oldfield
Candice Jezek aka Z
Chris Valentine
Michael Dos Ramos

DJ’s on vinyl from Roastin’ Records

Cash bar

Opening:
28 November 2013
7 – 10pm

Good to know:
A portion of proceeds from the evening will go to Milkshed; a not-for-profit business that uses reclaimed wood to create furniture and rebuild schools.

Revolution, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock

021 447 6801

Verb | ROASTIN’ RECORDS – Cape Town | Revolution | The Kraken Rum | Milkshed

PAUL SENYOL INTERVIEW

Letters to Lotte – mixed media on Hahnemeule Bamboo 285gm – 905mm x 635mm – framed

A Vacant Passage opens this weekend, so we caught up with artist Paul Senyol to talk to him about it…

Tell us about A Vacant Passage, your exhibition this weekend with Andrzej Urbanski.
It is a two person show, opening on Saturday at Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection. Andrzej and I met about a year and a half ago for the first time. We have since become close friends and, during this time, have discovered many similarities in our approach to work and life, as well as our past. The exhibition is an exploration along these themes.

How did you guys meet? What made you decide to work on an exhibition and collaborate on some work together?
I heard that Andrzej was at /A WORD OF ART AIR (Artist In Residence) programme, and one day I passed by him while cycling down the street. At the time he was busy painting a wall. I waved, shouted “nice wall” and carried on riding. A few days later we met again while walking down the street. We exchanged numbers, and when AJ returned a few months later, we started to hang out a bit more. We both enjoy each others’ work, and we had an idea to do some collaborative walls and art pieces. Monique at Salon91 and myself were planning exhibitions and shows for myself in January this year, and we decided to do a two person show in October. I suggested AJ as the other artist whom I most wanted to work with.

Charlotte – mixed media on Hahnemeule Bamboo 285gm – 930mm x 795mm – framed

What do you think influences your personal style to be more abstract than ‘straight forward’, if I can say that?
I like to play with line and colour, and create things that are a bit more allusive and are able to draw a viewer in, as well as engage with a person as they start to make sense of a piece and interpret it for themselves. I believe that in painting there needs to be a fair bit of interpretation allowed on the viewers behalf. I like to engage with the viewer’s imagination.

The press release for the exhibition mentioned that “To the artists, Germany is a vacant place, Poland is a vacant place, and some day, South Africa too might become a vacant place.” What is a ‘vacant’ place?
Through our time researching and creating works for the exhibition, we came across so many old photos of places, people and things that no longer exist but, if you showed one of these photos to my Dad for instance, it would bring back a memory of something that perhaps no longer exists. As people, we travel to and from places, leave things behind, take things with us, make friends etc., but at the end of the day, we cannot take a place with us. In essence, the place becomes vacant when we leave, but it remains in our minds and in our hearts. Germany and Poland became vacant for our families because, for various reasons, they were forced to move. It has been fascinating to me exploring these places via photos, letters and diaries from my grandparents.

Pretoria Castle – mixed media on Hahnemeule Bamboo 285gm – 485mm x 460mm – framed

What made you decide to integrate computer software and technologies into the exhibition? How has it been integrated?
A friend of Monique’s, Johan, approached us with this concept of showing work in a new way, via digital means. What excited AJ and myself was that it would allow us to show work in a physical space, but bring the viewer into contact with all the history and source we had used in a non-tangible digital space. We are now able to elaborate on these ‘vacant passages’ through which our families and ourselves have travelled.

What do you hope that people get out of viewing the exhibition?
I hope people are inspired by the works we have created, and that they realise that each day they have the opportunity to continue writing a history story of their own; that through the exhibition they realise the importance of friendships and family. These archived photos, letters and documents from my grandparents are fascinating for their history, but also how they shape my identity and sense of place in this world. We all leave a legacy of some form, and I hope that people are inspired to leave behind a positive trace of themselves as they travel through their lifetime.

What does the future have in store for Paul Senyol?
A few more art shows locally this year and a short residency in Germany halfway through 2014. After the opening on Saturday I would like to take a few days off to plot some ideas for upcoming shows and projects.

Any last words?
The show opens on Saturday at 11h00. We will have some sweet ice cream, as well as be making a braai. Come on down and say hi, hang out, and enjoy the opening with us.

A Vacant Passage Invite from Monique du Preez on Vimeo.

A VACANT PASSAGE EXHIBITION

A Vacant Passage Introduction from Digital Narrative on Vimeo.

A two-person exhibition by Paul Senyol & Andrzej Urbanski presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection

There is a beautiful synergy that exists between Paul Senyol & Andrzej Urbanski’s paintings. A VACANT PASSAGE is the story of two artists traveling and leaving behind remnants and legacies, told and expressed through powerful & uniquely abstracted artworks. Andrzej Urbanski [Pol/Ger] and Paul Senyol [Zar] first met during Urbanski’s residency in Cape Town in June of 2012. Soon they began to discover the many similarities, which exist across their individual artistic practices and approaches, even though the execution of their work differs radically.

A VACANT PASSAGE presents an all-new body of work from Urbanski and Senyol respectively, as well as some collaborative pieces, all of which relate to their history and the common happenings of the years when both artists’ families experienced the repercussions of The Second World War. The works on exhibition reference a time and a place, which no longer exist. Both artists having experienced this particular location in a different context, come together to seek out and construct a narrative from the puzzle pieces of a past, which neither has any actual recollection of, other than a shoebox filled with photos, newspaper clippings, essays as well as stories handed down from generation to generation. To the artists, Germany is a vacant place, Poland is a vacant place, and some day, South Africa too might become a vacant place.

While the subject matter may seem very specific, the works carry a truly universal message. The exhibition will feature a unique AUGMENTED REALITY aspect, which will further enhance the level of accessibility, as well as the viewer’s experience of the exhibition by means of user-friendly computer software & technologies. Visitors will be able to download the software to devices such as Smartphones & Ipads to enjoy an enhanced experience, which will offer further insight into the artists, their stories and the works on show. The exhibition flyer, the shopfront and the artworks will be layered with interactive digital content. Viewers can expect to see medium to large-scale paintings varying from monochrome black and white, to beautiful hues of colour on paper and on canvas, as well as a number of collaborative works.

ANDRZEJ URBANSKI | ARTISTS PROFILE

Andrzej Urbanski

Andrzej Urbanski (Born 1983) is a German visual artist of Polish ancestry, currently residing in Cape Town. Andrzej’s early artistic background has developed and evolved over the course of 16 years spent painting, creating sculptures, being involved in several art projects, exhibitions and teaching positions around the globe. The artist holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, attained during 2012 from the EAE (European Art Ensemble) at the ECAL (University of Art & Design) in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design/Graphic Design from BTK-FH in Berlin since 2010. In June of 2012 Andrzej completed a residency at /A WORD OF ART as a part of his studies. The mandate for the EAE program states that students must engage in dialogue with foreign scholars and institutions, holding at its core the need for interpersonal connection and foreign travel to gather experience and exchange ideas between art professionals, educators, and students. Aside from his finished thesis research, Andrzej is interested in exploring the process of creating work in different social environments around the globe, drawing influence and inspiration from architecture, landscape, photography, design elements and media/advertising & of course from the other artists he encounters on his journey. His main artistic focus is on human social behaviour and learned or innate reactions to varying shapes and colours.

PAUL SENYOL | ARTISTS PROFILE

Paul Senyol

Paul Senyol was born on the 25th of October 1980 in Cape Town, South Africa. Paul has been drawing and painting since his early high school years, however never pursuing any form of artistic or graphic training. At age sixteen, 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, while 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. A few years later Paul was introduced to and moved by the creative thought and artistic genius of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Cy Twombly respectively. Senyol’s 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 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 narrative, shape, line, form, composition, colour & texture. Each faint line, bold brushstroke and shape is carefully composed to breathe life into its environment, reflecting something of light, serenity, 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. This year Paul has been nominated as a finalist to the Absa Atelier Competition 2013. He currently works from a studio in Woodstock, Cape Town.

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Paul Senyol GretschensheimPaul Senyol – Gretschensheim

Paul Senyol To FinlandiaPaul Senyol – To Finlandia

Opening Event: Daytime Opening, Saturday 21 Sept from 11h00 till late! Show concludes 12 Oct at 14h00.

LOOK EXHIBITION

New and older works by Black Koki, Ello Xray, Jean de Wet, John Second, Justin Southey, Lorcan White, Linsey Levendal, Michael Saal, Michael Tymbios, Nagkakao, Paul Senyol, Rooiwolf.

Acoustic set by Black Lung.

Thursday 22 August
18:00 – 22:00
“Side Street Studios”
32 William street Woodstock

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/485331711557535/

A VACANT PASSAGE EXHIBITION

Paul Senyol

Artists Paul Senyol and Andrzej Urbanski have an upcoming exhibition called ‘A Vacant Passage’ at Salon91 in Cape Town.

The past is often a source of inspiration within working practice amongst artists, but how about when two artists meet by chance and share a common heritage and history? Andrzej Urbanski(Pol/Ger) and Paul Senyol first met in Cape Town, during Urbanski’s three month residency early in 2012. There was an immediate connection between the two, and upon Urbanski’s return later in 2012 they began spending more time together exchanging ideas, thoughts and concepts. They quickly began to discover many similarities within their artistic practice and approaches, even though their execution differed greatly. A common visual language, yet different dialects. Up until that time each artist had been writing their own story, looking back, but also looking forward. Uncovering their past they found similar backgrounds, heritage, influences, and commonalities between their families. Both families having lived within a 200km radius of one other. Much of their lives changed at the beginning of the second world war when both families were forced to give up their homeland and way of life. Common roots yet a shared experience of displacement and loss. A vacant passage. For the exhibition the artists reference back to a time and place which no longer exists, both artists having experienced this space and place, and now coming together to seek out and make a story of a puzzle and a past which neither has any recollection of, besides a shoebox of photos, newspaper clippings, essays as well as stories handed down from generation to generation.

To the artists’ Germany is a vacant place, Poland is a vacant place, and some day, South Africa might become a vacant place. The story of two artists traveling and leaving behind remnants and legacies. The artists will each produce a body of new works related to their history and the common happenings of the years when both artists’ families experienced the difficulties and repercussions of the 2nd World War.

For the exhibition the artists will also collaborate on several artworks as well as a mural within the gallery.

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ABSTRACT STORIES EXHIBITION PHOTOS

Abstract Stories

Last night was the opening of “Abstract Stories”, the latest art exhibition at A Word of Art in Cape Town. The exhibition features: Paul Senyol (CT), Black Koki (CT), Ello (CT), Freddy Sam (CT), AEC Interesni Kazki (Ukraine), Remed (Madrid), 108 (Italy), Ever (Beunos Aires), Andrzej Urbanski (Berlin), Overunder (Reno, Nevada), Joao Lelo (Brazil), Ree Treweek (CT), Jaz (Beunos Aires), Linsey Levendall (Canada), Lxone (France), and Jean de Wet (CT). The exhibition runs from 30 May to 14 July. We went to check it out, and were super impressed with the work on display. If you can get down to the Woodstock Exchange, it is well worth your time to spend an hour or two browsing the gallery.

“Abstract stories is a collaborative exhibition by renowned local and international artists. Each artist has a story to tell and gives an abstract depiction of life as seen through his eyes. The exhibition explores each artist’s individual creative expression and style.”

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Click on the image below to see the event on Facebook:

RVCA ANP ARTIST PAUL SENYOL

RVCA ANP artists Paul Senyol and Wesley van Eeden have a new exhibition up at A Word of Art gallery in the Woodstock Industrial Centre in Cape Town. The show will be running until the 25th May which features 9 new works from both artists as well as a limited edition Shirt, Print and zine supported by RVCA. Inside the zine is a one on one interview between the artists who chat about the exhibition, skateboarding and their creative process. Today we share Paul’s interview in the zine and we’ll feature Wesley’s next week.

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1. Who is Paul Senyol and why are you an artist?

Paul Senyol was born on 25 October 1980; I have been drawing since I was first given a pencil. Never really gave it much thought to become an artist full-time, until my mid-twenties. There was a definite day that I decided to become a painter, but even before that I was intrigued by process, building things, experimenting, making fires, beauty and adventure. In a way I explore those primarily through the medium of painting, or whatever else is at hand to execute an idea. I really enjoy making beautiful things.

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2. Looking at your work that you did from a young age, I can see how you have evolved, yet I can still see your style in it. Is there any direct influence to your aesthetic and style that you have created for yourself?

Within my work, a lot of the time aesthetic drives me, how something looks and feels, shapes, colour, form, lines, and emotion are all very important to me. When I first started to recognise that I do actually like to draw and paint, my works were very much only line based, simple one-colour drawings. Then I discovered paint (without brushes), I could do more things now that I had color. Then came brushes, then I started to combine the pens, pencils and paints, and that is where I really started to enjoy myself, because each medium has a specific feel and texture, and so as I combine mediums and layers, I go on a bit of an adventure with colour and shape and form and line weight, etc. So in a way, as I am working on new paintings, I like to consider what I have learnt as a painter, but to still explore and push myself to create an artwork that was better than the previous one. I am constantly refining, and redefining my pre-process, process and final outcome of an artwork. I do also like to break out of my traditional process and do something a little different, usually from something small that I found attractive within a previous work. From spending time with you in Finland, you will remember that for the first month I didn’t even paint, I wanted to go into the studio and discover something fresh, so I spent a lot of time in the library, researching artists and Designers and people from the area, immersing myself in the culture, taking long bike rides and immersing myself in the landscape, discovering. Sometimes I would just trace and trace and trace, draw, draw, draw, and through that I started to discover new processes, approaches and avenues within my work. For that first month I worked almost exclusively with black acrylic paint, pencils, trace paper and white folio. Experimentation and exploration are key to my work.

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3. What drives you to continue working at such a prolific rate? Do you have a manifesto or a message that you trying to get out?

I wouldn’t say that I have some manifesto or message that I am pushing, but I do know that I feel stale and stagnant if I am not pursuing something creative. Even if it means taking a break from painting for a week and exploring being creative on a surfboard, skateboard, bicycle, or going to see other art shows, or browsing the local Woodstock gang Graffiti scrawls. I am starting to realise that God put something in me that causes me to create and to be drawn to creativity and beautiful things, and I just can’t escape that. It is who I am in a way. Although it doesn’t define me, it is very much a natural part of who I am as a person. So it finds its way out of me in daily life in some way. Sometimes it’s just preparing a nice meal.. the flavours, colors, and presentation.

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4. What does Transformative bring to your attention, and how have you interpreted the title for this 2 person show?

Our society and life is in a constant state of transformation, life itself is naturally transformative. In my approach to the exhibition, and the works, I took a closer look at the fabric of my everyday life, and more so to those around me. I looked at walls, people, streets, trash, trees, and birds and I looked around for interesting ways to convey this feeling of transformation in and around Woodstock. I tried to become an observer, but that can only take place for a short time until you start to become involved and a part of the transformation process. One day I picked up a small notebook, full of children’s drawings, notes and scrawls, most of the work references this small book at some point. Having a studio in Woodstock, and spending a lot of time there, I started to realise that a lot of what I am seeing and experiencing won’t really exist in the next 5 years. People will move out and onward, new people will come and stay. Lives will change. Kids will grow up. Also that there were many, many people who came before me, and will still come after me. It fascinates me to think that a few blocks from our studio is beach road, and that once upon a time you could walk a few minutes and dip your feet in the ocean. In a way I wish that was still true.
My favourite works for the show are ‘the butcher’, ‘the baker’ and ‘the candlestick maker’. In these works I try to convey the transience of local producers and craftsmen. All around Woodstock you see so much decay and poverty and people in really bad situations, but there are glimpses of hope and promise. I was inspired by the following text:

Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

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5. Tell us something about Wesley van Eeden?

Wesley van Eeden is a thoughtful and kind-hearted man, gentle and patient. A very creative individual. Taller than me. Married. A dad. A thinker. One of my favourite collaborators. A true friend who knows that love and sacrifice are the same thing.

www.senyol.blogspot.com

RVCA MURAL VIDEO

A couple of weeks ago we shared with you some pictures of the mural that Wesley van Eeden and Paul Senyol created at RVCA’s new factory shop in J-Bay. The video just dropped online and you can check out the process of how they created this one.

PAUL SENYOL + WESLEY VAN EEDEN PAINT RVCA STORE

RVCA artists Senyol and Wesley van Eeden were recently invited to paint a new store for RVCA in JBay. They spent a week in Surf City painting a giant body surfer and sea creatures in their classic trademark style. Senyol and Wesley van Eeden have worked together for many years on various exhibitions and projects.

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