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Artist: Jay Senetchko
Exhibition: Apologia
Date: March 22 - April 23 2011
Opening reception: March 24, 2011 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Curator: Nilufer Moayeri

Once upon a time, artists in the Western visual art tradition could draw their subject matter from a rich, relatively stable, and widely shared cache of mythological, religious and literary stories and figures. Alas, in a post-Christian, post-modern, post-historical art world, the challenge for painters now is to find something that might be recognizable - or at least- meaningful to an audience.

While referencing history in a contemporary work of art risks alienating viewers, my intention and hope is that my paintings will provoke an inquisitive response.

Apologia uses elements of iconic visual and literary works of art to invoke a contemplative "old-world" feel to them. Elements from various art historical moments, philosophies, periods and painters are combined to express a mood and idea about the past. Understanding the social context associated, this series represents a "defense" of a tradition that has inspired, outraged, bemused and most importantly nurtured me to create an unapologetic body of work challenging the negative connotations tied to classical aesthetics.



Biography

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jay Senetchko now lives and works in Vancouver British Columbia.

Jay Senetchko graduated from the University of Alberta in 1997 with a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction and then spent several years as a professional soccer player in Edmonton and Montreal before moving on to entrepreneurial interests in Canada and the United States. In June of 2000 he changed direction, moved to Vancouver and received a Diploma of Classical Animation from the Vancouver Film School in 2001.

He began painting in 2000 and although he is primarily self-taught he has been strongly influenced by apprenticeships with both Gideon Flitt and Odd Nerdrum. Senetchko began exhibiting his work in 2002 and has since shown throughout North America and Europe.

Jay is founder and partner of Red Hand Design, a Vancouver design company through which he acted as Conceptual Designer for Streamy and Leo nominated Riese the Series.

He is currently finalizing a book on perspective and composition for the visual arts as well as illustrating and writing a storybook.

Senetchko has been teaching life-drawing, perspective, composition, and art history at Vancouver Film School since 2002, and teaching painting privately since 2003. He also currently holds independent lectures on the arts in alternating locations throughout Vancouver.

Jay Senetchko is also member of the figurative collective Phantoms in the Front Yard.

www.senetchko.ca
http://senetchko.wordpress.com
www.phantomsinthefrontyard.com
www.redhanddesign.com



JAY SENETCHKO

Born Edmonton, AB, Canada, 1974
Lives and works in Vancouver, BC, Canada

EDUCATION:

2006 Odd Nerdrum apprenticeship
2000-03 Mentor, Gideon Flitt
2001 Vancouver Film School, Diploma of Classical Animation
1997 Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction, University of Alberta

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2011 Apologia, Pera Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2011 Still Life, Jacana Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2006 New Work, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2006 Drawing from Beneath the Surface, Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2003 Wettenschauung, Gallery 83, Vancouver, BC, Canada

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2010 Mirror Mirror, Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2010 The Drawing Room, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2010 Art for Life Charity Auction, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2010 Unite with Art Charity Auction, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2009 10 x 10, Gallery Atsui, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2008 Kitsch Biennale, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany
2007 Grand, The Weiss Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2007 The Kingston Prize National Portrait Competition, Kingston, ON, Canada
2007 Painting on the Edge, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2nd place award)
2006 Perspectives, Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2006 Figurative Show, Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2005 Form and Function, Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2004 Affirmation, Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2004 AHA, Pasadena, CA, USA
2003 Woman: in the eye of the artist, Bfly Atelier, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2003 Sensualite, Bfly Atelier, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2002 Neo-indifference with Gideon Flitt, Bfly Atelier, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2002 SWARM, Gallery 83, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2002 Something Happened, Gallery 83, Vancouver, BC, Canada

CHARITY EXHIBITIONS (FOR THE BC CANCER FOUNDATION):

2007 The Middle, private exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2006 Odd Pieces, private exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2005 Move, private exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2004 Shift, private exhibition, Vancouver, BC, Canada

TEACHING EXPERIENCE, PANELS

2010 Juror, Airs, Canadian Federation of Artists, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2001-present Life drawing instructor, Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2001-present Perspective instructor, Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2002-present Composition instructor, Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2004--2009 Art history instructor, Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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