Junaid Sénéchal-Senekal, The Artist and owner of Sénéchal – Senekal Art Gallery / Franschhoek, South Africa

Junaid Sénéchal-Senekal is an outstanding local artist who was born in Cape Town in 1978. He always had a keen interest in the creative arts. He attended DF Malan High School, where he graduated with a distinction in Art.

He then enrolled at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he was attended The Art Summer School and achieved a Hirt & Carter Graphic Art Diploma, with a major in Graphic Techniques in 1998.

Technique

Sénéchal–Senekal, while studying at UCT, developed a secret silver technique. Using different methods of layering and embedding heavy textures in his artwork. He uses the negative white space around his subject matter to place the focus on the subject and create emotion.

Experience

Junaid has over the years acquired vast experience on his current technique leading to a series of murals in the Kidney Unit at the Tygerberg Hospital and the Alta du Toit Centre. The Big Five Animal Artworks have received a large corporate interest from the likes of Old Mutual, a blue chip Insurance Company in South Africa. Some of his collections are also in the possession of private collectors Internationally.

He is Internationally renowned for his outstanding work which is displayed in the USA. Many of his private collections are owned by clients worldwide. This can be perused in conclusion of this document.

Subject

Having greatly enjoyed painting South African landscapes, Junaid developed a deeply intense love for the wildlife, in particular The Big Five and endangered species. Leopard portraits are his hallmark. He has the ability to take a frozen moment in time, with this majestic animal and capture the emotion expressed by this agile creature. By studying the Leopard in it’s natural environment, and capturing their decorative coats, he has been able to bring its uniqueness to the fore, by using his silver technique.

The Elephant artworks known as his African Reflexions Series (named from an artistic point of view), focusses on the heritage of the African Elephant. The African Elephant represents Africa in the true sense of the word – the African continent is clearly visible in the shape of the animal’s ears. This represents a distinctive connection between land, mountains and animal. Through the use of horizontal lines on the Elephant’s trunk combined with Zebra striped shapes and female figures Junaid manages to create a unique sense of command of the matriarchal spirit that the female Elephants display.

The combination of colours Junaid uses with his Elephants, expresses the warm African sun and the dark earthly lines found in the soil, that complement the negative white spaces.

Abstract

In the true sense of the word (Abstract), it is an idea existing in thought. The artist expresses this thought by an abstract artwork bringing the idea to life. The painting is meant to bring tranquillity to its surrounding environment. The owner will be able to attach/connect to the artwork in their own capacity.

Figures

While at the University of Cape Town, Junaid studied figure drawing, this is where he fell in love with the human form. Especially on how the flow and movement of figures can come together to create an emotion only visible to the admirer. The artwork portrays a different image to different people, thus making it an exceptional piece of art. All Junaid’s artworks portray some sense of emotion, to bring about calmness and tranquillity in the viewer.

Ballerinas

While in London in October 2012 Junaid met Mr and Mrs Harvey. Their son, Martin, a trained British actor and former ballet dancer for the Royal Ballet, is married to New York City Ballet principle dancer, Maria Kowroski.

Junaid had the honour and privilege to use Maria as a model, who became the inspiration for his Ballerina Paintings. The serious expressions on the paintings demonstrates a deep concentration of the dancer. Just looking at the painting one gets the sense of perfect balance and sensitivity of freedom. The routine displays the flow of the dress in perfect harmony with the body movement.

Summary

In the Sénéchal-Senekal paintings you will see the use of acrylic and mixed media on wooden board and the use of large areas of negative white space around the subjects. What is impressive is the careful attention to detail when observing the artwork, especially the silver medium that shines through.

He specializes in a variety of genres. Figures being his absolute favourite.

Exhibitions:

New York 2015
Knysna 2015
Johannesburg 2015
Art Basel, Miami 2016
Dubai 2017
New York 2017 (Winner of the Spotlight Artist Award)
Las Vegas 2018
New York 2018
Johannesburg 2018

See this list of destinations:

Brisbane, Bunbury, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Australia; Saltsburg, Austria; Brussels, Schilde, Belgium; Säo Paulo, Brazil; Toronto, Vancouver, Canada; Paphos, Cyprus; Prague, Czech Republic; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dubai, Emirates; Birmingham, Bristol, Columbia, Cardiff, Essex, Gatwick, Hampshire, Leeds, London, Manchester, Somerset, Surrey, Isle of Man, West Sussex, England [Includes one of the members of the Windsor Royal Family…]; Paris, Marly-le-Roi, Nanterre, France; Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Insel Riems, Landshut, Munich, Germany; Ehnen, Luxembourg: Amsterdam, Haarlem, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Hong Kong, China; Dublin, Ireland; Tel Aviv, Israel; Comber, Cap Malheureux, Mauritius; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw, Poland; Jeddah, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Aberdeen, Scotland; Singapore; Stockholm, Sweden; Berne, Geneva, Saltirapromenade, Uttwil, Zurich, Switzerland; Istanbul, Turkey; and Broomfield, Connecticut, Dallas, Los Angeles, Maryland, Miami, New York [Junaid’s work was purchased by one of the Curators of Metropolitan Museum.], San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Washington DC [Junaid’s work is displayed alongside the famous Jackson Pollock’s and Salvador Dali’s artwork …], USA; Mombasa, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia as well as to the local market in Cape Town [displayed in Parliament], Durban and Johannesburg, Pretoria [also displayed in Parliament, the Union Building, Pretoria], and the Wilderness.