SÉNÉCHAL-SENEKAL 

THE ARTIST

 THE FULL

PICTURE

Junaid Sénéchal-Senekal paintings are crafted using acrylic and mixed media on wooden boards. He specialises in a variety of genres, with a unique love for working with figures. Each piece boasts impressive – and careful – attention to detail, framed by a captivating use of white space, with Junaid’s signature silver medium shining through.

the secret to 

SILVER

Art is as much about discovery as it is about expression. While studying at UCT, Sénéchal-Senekal developed a secret silver technique, which involves different methods of layering and embedding heavy textures into his pieces. This secret silver technique imbues his artworks with an air of luxury and mystery – and combined with his interesting use of white space around the subject matter, makes for an undeniably captivating, emotive viewing experience

 JUNAID

SÉNÉCHAL-SENEKAL

Born in the breathtaking coastal city of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1978, Junaid Sénéchal-Senekal has enjoyed a fruitful journey as an artist. Junaid has been drawn to the arts all his life, and since picking up the brush at only five years old, has created an incredible body of work to date. His formal art career began when he graduated, with distinction in Art, from DF Malan High School. He then enrolled at the prestigious University of Cape Town (UCT), where he attended The Art Summer School, and earned a Hirt & Carter Graphic Art Diploma, with a major in Graphic Techniques in 1998.

WORK THAT SPANS 

THE GLOBE

Over the years, Junaid has refined his technique and found himself – and his work – travelling the globe to share his creations. On home soil, Junaid has completed a series of murals at the Kidney Unit at the Tygerberg Hospital and the Alta du Toit Centre. His iconic Big Five Animal artworks have received much attention from corporates. Internationally, many of his pieces adorn the homes of private collectors, sharing space with artworks by the likes of the legendary Salvador Dali, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso.

Sénéchal-Senekal’s work has grown to great acclaim in the USA, particularly following his attendance at Art Basel in Miami in 2016, where his work stood out amongst the globe’s finest talent. He then went on to win the Spotlight Artists award in New York City in 2017. On a royal note, Junaid’s work is displayed in the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE, forming part of the private collection of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and his brother, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan.

INSPIRED BY

AFRICA

Junaid has painted South African landscapes extensively, and in exploring every shade, form and feature of some of the country’s most idyllic scenes, has developed an intense love of wildlife – and the now- endangered Big Five in particular.

Leopard portraits are Junaid’s hallmark, having spent countless hours studying these elegant yet powerful cats in their natural habitat, admiring every detail of their decorative coats. Junaid’s ability to freeze a moment in time
and capture an intimate closeness to this majestic creature is incredible. He brings through the magnificence of nature by using his unique silver technique, giving each artwork an alluring, lively feel.

The heritage of the African Elephant is another area of interest for the artist. Through his African Reflexions Series, Junaid explores the harmonious connection between land, mountains and animal, with the African Elephant representing Africa. He was struck by the powerful matriarchal spirit displayed by the African elephants he had observed in the wild, and brought this into his work through the use of horizontal lines, zebra stripes and feminine figures. In stark contrast to Junaid’s bold use of negative space is a use of colour that sings the warmth of the African sun, and the rich, earthy tones of the soil.