Paul Senyol’s ab­stract art

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What in­spires you? The in­ter­sec­tion and over­lap of nat­u­ral and built en­vi­ron­ments. I’m drawn to their ab­stract beauty and in­ter­ac­tion.

Ex­plain your process. I usu­ally have a mood board with draw­ings and pho­to­copies, which I use as source ma­te­rial. The draw­ings are im­por­tant, as they in­form the com­po­si­tion.

What do you want to com­mu­ni­cate through your art? By com­bin­ing shape, colour, form and com­po­si­tion, I hope to cre­ate some­thing that res­onates with the viewer. I want to make beau­ti­ful things and to make things beau­ti­ful.

What medi­ums do you use? A com­bi­na­tion of wa­ter-based paints and spray paint on can­vas, pa­per and board. What is your back­ground and how has it inf lu­enced you? I grew up skate­board­ing with friends. This was my first cre­ative out­let and it opened my eyes to the world around me and the pos­si­bil­i­ties within it.

What have you learned as an artist over the years? Hard work, dis­ci­pline and con­sis­tency are key to be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful artist.

Tell us more about your artis­tic jour­ney. I’m self-taught and spent many hours at the li­brary learn­ing from books. I’ve ob­served oth­ers, ex­per­i­mented and haven’t been afraid to make mis­takes. When did you de­cide this was what you wanted to do? Left stranded af­ter a com­pany I worked for closed their doors, it was an op­por­tune time for me to give paint­ing a real go. I’m happy to say that I can now call what at first be­gan as a hobby my full-time job.

Do you have any ex­hi­bi­tions com­ing up? My solo show ‘Recol­lec­tionary’ at Salon Ninety One will be run­ning un­til 20 Oc­to­ber and in De­cem­ber I’ll be part of a char­ity group show at Salon Ninety One, which cel­e­brates its 10th birth­day this month. I was the first artist to ex­hibit there.

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