Jordy Kerwick (b. 1982) is an Australian artist who has captured the attention of art dealers, collectors & curators across the world. In the last 2 years, Jordy Kerwick has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Connecticut, London, Paris, Copenhagen, Cologne, Hamburg, Brisbane and his hometown of Melbourne.
Kerwick attributes part of his success to the power of Instagram, where he has a substantial following – and it’s growing daily. It’s there that he’s connected and made friends with other artists which has fuelled his love of painting with the exchange of images and ideas.
But just a glance at his work is enough to see why he is in such hot demand. Kerwick’s dense impasto brushstrokes flatten the perception of space; instead it is his thick application of paint that 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. Having only painted for just over two years Kerwick displays a natural talent that belies his relatively young art career.
Jordy Kerwick’s studio, Melbourne VIC , image courtesy Ruby Castagnet
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 will feature in the upcoming group exhibition The Radical Familiar, opening Wednesday 16 May and continuing until Saturday 26 May 2018. We look forward to exhibiting a solo exhibition of Kerwick’s abstract works in the latter half of 2018.
Listen to Jordy Kerwick’s episode of Talking with Painters and learn more about his inspirations, influences and the role Instagram has played in making him one of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists!
2018 Tonight, I’ve loved you forever, May 2018, Lindberg Gallerie
Down & Up (but mostly down), September 2018, Galeri Wolfsen, Alborg, Denmark
2017 4th Time Around, July 2017, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne
2018 Peep, with Alexander Katz, July 2018, Ober Gallery, Connecticut, USA
2017 Cut the chords to the moon, with Justin Williams, September 2017, Galerie L’inlassable, Paris
2018 Summer Projects V, January 2018, Boom Gallery, Geelong
Angry Boys Part Two, February 2018, Det Ny Kastet, Denmark
Black/White/Bled All Over”, May 2018, Hole, NYC
The Radical Familiar, May 2018, Piermarq Gallery, Sydney
CHRISP, May 2018, Helium Cowboy, Hamburg
Internal Voices, May 2018, Galeri Wolfsen, Denmark
Coffee for Eight, June 2018, Pt. 2 Gallery, San Francisco
Royal Commission Travelling Group Show, October 2018, showing with 19 other paintings at varying galleries around Australia
2017 Precious Memories, March 2017, Auto LP, Melbourne
Micro Salon 7, April 2017, Galerie L’inlassable, Paris
Angry Boys, June 2017, Galerie Rompone, Cologne
Summer Cool, July 2017, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York
We Are The Ones…., September 2017, CSK Gallery, Copenhagen
Works on Paper, November 2017, Beers, London
FreshAF, November 2017, TW Fine Art, Brisbane
Paper Cuts, December 2017, Kristian Day, London
Summer Show, December 2017, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne
2016 Local Group Show, July 2016 – Seventh Gallery, Gertrude Street, Melbourne
New Slang, December 2016, Den-holm Studio’s, Melbourne
Feel free to contact us on (02) 9660 7799 or [email protected] if you are interested in seeing all available work by Jordy Kerwick.