26.04 – 26.05.2012

A debut solo exhibition of paintings by Paul Senyol

In his much-anticipated first official solo exhibition opening this April, artist, Paul Senyol will be showcasing a collection of new paintings on paper, entitled The Man of Dust at Salon91 in Cape Town.

This body of work will explore our shared experience of the human condition in relation to the phrase:

“And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man.”

The works will seemingly speak to one another, revealing parallels between ‘the man of dust’ and ‘the heavenly man’ and contrasts between the very things that make us on the one hand, beautiful creations and on the other, wounded beings. Senyol’s carefully-considered concepts, intricate thoughts, and everyday observations will be translated into shapes, lines and forms, creating his signature compositions that reveal something of life, nature, honesty and faith. His unique abstract style with its roots in Street Art, and inspired by great artists like Basquiat and Miró, remains open-ended, expressed through a visual language, which may be universally understood. In collaboration with Salon91 Senyol will also be publishing a highly collectable book that will catalog and form part of the exhibition and showcase the creative processes, drafts and thoughts behind the finished artworks.

MEDIUM: Abstract, mixed media paintings on paper.




Man of Dust and Artist’s Book:

Limited Edition Artist’s Book by Paul Senyol – signed and numbered with customized sleeve. Only a few copies remain! The book, titled “The Man of Dust” was produced by Salon91 and Paul Senyol, and designed by Candice Jezek and Paul Senyol during 2012. The book was launched along with the exhibition by the same name during April of 2012.


Opening Night:

Photos by Tiaan van Deventer


Paul Senyol

Paul Senyol is an abstract painter who reflects the details of everyday life, paired down to an empathy with colour, line and form. His work is a crafted response to his wonderings through various spaces. The colours and textures of urban and natural environments inform his spontaneous practice in the studio where every material he uses – acrylics, pastels, ink, pencils and spray paint – is chosen for the particular mark it can contribute to a finished composition. Senyol has been studying art and the mark since his fascination with skateboarding magazines as a teenager in Cape Town. Skateboarding emerged as a gateway to early creative works on the street and remains an important part of Senyol’s experience of urban spaces. He makes regular visits to the public library to source graphics, album covers, magazine layouts and illustrations. Senyol’s unique visual language is founded on the inevitable change and flux in environments. His works are testament to the translation of experiences into form.

Selected Projects & Exhibitions: 2018 – Forthcoming solo exhibition ‘Recollectionary’ at Salon91. 2017 – Trees Make Forests, end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; 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.









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