Senekt – ‘Spectrum’


Backwoods Gallery warmly welcomes SENEKT for his debut solo exhibition, titled SPECTRUM.

Following up his explosive arrival on Melbourne’s street art scene SENEKT is presenting a collection of vivid paintings and sculptures that explore the relationship between emotion and color.

Opening Friday 12th of August at 6pm.


Senekt is a Japanese painter from Kyoto who has been based out of Melbourne, Australia since 2013. His figurative paintings of human limbs and eyes adorn walls citywide.

Through his abstract works, Senekt aims to not only decontruct the human physicality but also its phyche – exploring the meeting of the conscious and unconscious, existence and non-existence and the nature of instinctively.

Big thanks to Backwoods for sharing this interview with us!

What is this exhibition about?

Many colours are laid on top of each other within the frame of canvas. The focus of exhibits are my own innate sense of colours and the various shades which are born of it inevitably. I also like to not limit myself to paintings as means of expression, so I have and will try out things like sculptures, murals and installations as ways to expand my horizon.

What materials did you use to create these artworks?

Water colours, coloured pencils, acrylic paints, sprays. and so on.


What inspired you to make these works?

The emotion that is evoked through my daily doings or my relation to the current society. It is also about my feelings when I seek balance between two contradicting factors that human-beings hold within themselves: appearance and mind, good and evil, being legitimate and contradicting at the same time, positivity and negativity, subjectivity and objectivity. These two are the main inspirations for my work.

Are there any reoccurring motifs?

I used to only paint abstract when I was in Japan.
Ever since I came to Melbourne, however, my style has changed as I received so much inspiration from meeting new culture , people and art and became able to objectify my life and works. I started drawing fingers first. Then hands and legs, eyes and ears followed after. It is as though I am close to seeing the entire human body.

One of the reasons why I only used to draw abstract is that I did not want my works to be filled with information. I much rather preferred them to be more emotional, energetic: kind of works that make you feel and be inspired.
I wanted to depict the slight emotion that radiates through the canvas as if the painting was alive
I suppose the works I used to create in Japan was like the representation of human cells’ movement. If that is the case, the body parts that I am painting now represent the shape of human body and energy that I came to see after zooming out of human cells.

It is just like zooming out on a Google map from my own house to see the town, country, and the entire world: I came to see more of human body after the cells. My creativity is still in the process of “zooming-out”, and my current work shows where I am at.

Does the colour have any meaning to you?

When colours are mixed whether intentionally or unintendedly. I have to find the perfect balance in it even if the mixed colour becomes dull/cloudy/murky. It is somewhat similar to how I relate to others and coexist with rest of the society.