Gallery2 presents Kindle exhibition on Thursday, 6 October 2016.
A collaborative exhibition between two phenomenal artists at Gallery2 titled Kindle.
35-year-old Paul Senyol was born and lives in Cape Town. He has been studying art since his fascination with skateboarding magazines during teenage years. With no formal artistic training, Senyol began exhibiting “free art” on street corners in the early 2000s. His inspiration includes graphics, layouts and illustrations and influences from artists such as Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly. ‘My work celebrates the abstract moments of the image. Formal qualities of line, form and hue are the basis of my compositions that evolve through the process of painting,’ he states.
Urban artist, Gideon Appah was born in Accra, Ghana in 1987. He graduated with a Fine Arts Bachelors Degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2012. By 2015, Appah was a top ten finalists in Ghana for the Kuenyehia Art Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Arts. In the same year, he became the first international artist to win the first Barclays L’Atelier Merit Award. Appah is inspired by contemporary media, punk rock and pop culture, as well as his neighbourhood surroundings.
My paintings embody what I believe to be a contemporary obsession with sexuality and recent pop culture, fused with various modes (anxiety, pleasure, violence, glamour, labor and death). All of which evoke a subculture within postmodern urban life in Ghana and relating to the rest of the world.
Appah and Senyol first met at the 2015 Barclays L’Atelier Competition held in South Africa, where they both were top ten finalists. Gideon’s work won the prize for the best foreign entry and a residency stay at the Bag Factory in 2016. From their first conversation, both artists realised a common influence, origin and explorative themes to their work. This led to the idea of exhibiting together. An idea which has become a reality after Gideon completed his residency with the Bag Factory.
Both artists presented a body of fresh, bold and exciting new works and hope for the beginning of a relationship between them as painters that will continue to flourish in the years to come.