Paul Senyol’s abstract art
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.