Jay Senetchko holds solo show at Deer Lake Gallery

He’s a storyteller whose tales are told through oil on canvas.

Jay Senetchko, who was one of the featured artists in Luminescence III at Deer Lake Gallery in March 2018, returns to the gallery with a solo show running Jan. 19 to Feb. 9.

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Rich Dark Soil opens at the gallery (6584 Deer Lake Ave.) on Saturday, Jan. 19 with a reception from noon to 4 p.m.

The exhibition title refers to the practice and heritage of the artist, who is originally an Albertan of Ukrainian descent.

“Although he is most easily defined as a painter, he situates his practice in a broader material context and process, which includes photography, digital media, sculptures, performance and installations,” says a press release about his show.

Senetchko’s primary medium is oil on canvas, which he uses as a figurative realist to create narrative-based paintings.

“His subject matter, featuring elements of his personal and cultural background, exposes him as an artist with a nostalgic and romantic temperament,” the press release says. “However, it is his intention through the use of these vehicles to reveal the tension he perceives within sentimentality and the inherent dangers of nostalgia.”

Ultimately, the release notes, Senetchko is a storyteller.

“In order to spread these stories as far as possible, Senetchko creates spectacle-based exhibitions in an effort to insert fine art back into the social fabric by engaging the public at large, not only the academic and invested,” the release says.

Rich Dark Soil is the first exhibition of his career that will showcase the methodology and rationale behind his storytelling.



Mark your calendars now for the second exhibition of 2019: Horizons, a group exhibition featuring the work of Deb Chaney, Jan Rankin, Wolfgang Vogt and Ronald Watt. It’s set to run Feb. 16 to March 9, with an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 16 from noon to 4 p.m.

For more, see www.burnabyartscouncil.org or call 604-298-7322.

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