The formal qualities of line, shape and hue are the basis of Paul Senyol’s compositions that celebrate the abstract moments of the image. Through his painting process, Senyol connects with the language of his neighbourhood in which he is often seduced by the scratchings of a streetwalker. He likes it when kids take a piece of chalk and write on the wall. Senyol received no formal artistic training, but he has been studying art and the mark since his fascination with skateboarding magazines as a teenager in Cape Town. He is inspired by the Mission School Art Movement in San Francisco, the Woostercollective, Marc Gonzalez, Ed Templeton, Barry McGee, punk rock music and the way skateboarding and cycling enables him to access the city. Graphics, album covers, magazine layouts and illustrations are an important influence in his aesthetic, as is the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Henri Matisse and Joan Miró, respectively. Senyol came to prominence exhibiting “free art” on street corners in the early 2000s, enabling him to connect directly with the street and its unexpected audiences. He now exhibits almost exclusively within the gallery space, but this shift remains, for him, just another space to engage the viewer in a new way.
Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2017 – Simulacrum, group show, Gallery2, Parkwood; Mural participant, International Public Arts Festival; Fathoms, a two-man exhibition with Linsey Levendall, Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2016 – Kindle, Gallery2, Parkwood; Oracle, an end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; Inhabitant, a solo exhibition at Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91; Paper Is You III, group show at Salon91. 2015 – Every Idle Word, A solo exhibition at Gallery2, Parkwood; This is the Place, group exhibition at Salon91; Top 10 Finalist exhibition, Barclays L’Atelier; Polynesia, an exhibition of paintings with Cathy Layzell at Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2014 – Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Odd Traditions, with Pierre Le Riche, Salon91; Paper is You II, group show, Salon91; Artist-in-residence, Arteles Creative Centre, Finland; Artist residency, Neustadt Symposium, Germany. 2013 – Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91; A Vacant Passage, with Andrzej Urbanski, Salon91; ABSA Atelier Top 100 Finalist. 2012 – The Man of Dust, solo exhibition at Salon91; Gather, with Augustine Kofie, Lovell Gallery in association with Salon91. 2011 – Paper Is You, group show, Salon91; 6511 Miles, Pro-Artibus Residency, Finland; Urban Aesthetic, Worldart Gallery, Cape Town; Broadcasts, KZNSA Gallery, Durban. 2010 – Stroke 03 Urban Art Fair, Berlin.