UNDER THESE SKIES - SENYOL & WESLEY VAN EEDEN
The concept behind the exhibition is to reflect the good things about South Africa. The exhibition forms part of the "Hope Project”, an initiative designed to spread optimism and positivity.
Both artists come from a graphic design background – and their work embraces street art, found objects, typography and illustration. The work is colourful, detailed and beautifully crafted – bringing to mind the whimsy of Joan Miro along with the loose and playful canvases of New York pioneer Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The New York art scene of the late ‘70’s, from which Basquiat emerged, forms an interesting parallel to these two fine artists. Both began in a cultural melting pot, and both helped collapse the divide between “High Art” and the street, intellectual and pop, black and white. In a similar way, these two artists display a freshness and energy that comes from their eclectic influences.
Wesley studied at Technikon Natal. His work is committed to presenting a positive view of life in South Africa. It embraces our cultural richness and ethnic diversity through the medium of graphic design. He explores a range of techniques – including digital light boxes, paintings on found objects, traditional box mounted frames, vinyl stickers as well as T-Shirts and caps.
Cape Town’s Senyol similarly has a wide range of influences, underlied by rich philosophical musings. He explores the relationship between the individual and the group, as well as biblical themes and social issues – such as the meaning, comprehension and interpretation of beauty, love, hope and peace. To do this, he uses an array of found objects from the city and “countryscape”. Graphic, colourful, detailed, eclectic and thought-provoking, his work is both decorative and imbued with meaning.
The exhibition went on to Cape Town's Salon 91 after a string of other successful exhibitions in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Jerusalem, Mexico, USA and Germany.
After many months of hard work the Durban leg of "Under these Skies" was being hung Senyol and Wesley decided to do a little documentary of it. Click here to download it. You'll need Quicktime or I-tunes to play it!
Wesley at work in his studio.
Senyol in his studio.