Jay Senetchko is a storyteller. He is most easily defined as a painter, although he situates his practice in a broader material context and process, which includes photography, digital media, sculptures, performance and installations. His spectacle-based exhibitions are an effort to insert fine art back into the social fabric by engaging the public at large, not only the academic and invested.
In Senetchko’s primary medium of oil on canvas he operates as a figurative realist creating narrative-based paintings. His subject matter, featuring elements of his personal history, contemporary life, and historical references exposes him as an artist with a nostalgic and romantic temperament. 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.