Jordy Kerwick Australian, b. 1982
“Raw. Worn. Beaten, but loved. Life, stripped bare. Amid the chaos of family life lies a feeling of safety and comfort that I try to replicate in my work. Drawing on my collection of imagery of cultural markings and people, places and things, I like to explore beauty in its most organic and real state; stripping back the layers to reveal a subject in its most truthful state.” – Jordy Kerwick
Jordy Kerwick (b. 1982, Melbourne, Australia) is a self-taught artist who lives and works in France. Kerwick’s dense impasto brushstrokes flatten the perception of space while his thick application of paint offers dimension and texture. He explores the relationship between thick patches of color and form while incorporating recurring elements of iconography such as contours of palm trees and anchors as a means of fusing painting and sketching. These intuitive and enticingly tactile marks celebrate artists’ role of investigating the inherent potential of his chosen media of oil paint.
Kerwick has exhibited in Sydney, New York, San Francisco, LA, Connecticut, London, Paris, Copenhagen, Cologne, Hamburg and Tokyo.
But just a glance at his work is enough to see why he is in such hot demand. Kerwick straddles the space between still-life, abstraction and landscape with intuitive ease. A naive approach to mark-making is balanced by, and contrasted against, a deep understanding of colour, construction and composition which is undoubtedly inspired by the Modernist masters.
Although his larger works are essentially abstract, there is still an implication of the domestic, provided by both his compositions which seem to reference tables, rugs, tv’s or backyards; and his weathered, lived-in surfaces.
His smaller works are often more literal still-lifes, their intimacy enhanced by painted-on borders, densly collaged surfaces, and the strategic placement of books, used both as a clever compositional device and as a reference to Kerwick's cultural influences, be it art, music or literature.
LimboGroup Exhibition 5 Sep - 4 Oct 2020For better or for worse, we are living through what may well become one of the defining moments of the twenty-first century. This much we know. What we do not know, is which turn current events will take. COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter may catapult the world in further turmoil,...Read more
Art Rotterdam 20211 - 4 Jul 2021Everyday Gallery was thrilled to present for the second time at Art Rotterdam 2021 (Booth 18 in the Main Section). Showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary artists that defy the boundaries of traditional art disciplines. Featuring Daan Gielis, Dittmar Viane, Estrid Lutz, Jacopo Pagin, Jordy Kerwick, Marria Pratts, Nicolas Holiber, Serban Ionescu, Tom Volkaert and Victor Delestre.Read more