KERWICK, JORDY b. 1982

Jordy Kerwick is an Australian artist who has captured the attention of art dealers, collectors & curators across the world. In the the past 24 months alone, Jordy Kerwick has exhibited in Sydney, New York, San Francisco, Connecticut, London, Paris, Copenhagen, Cologne, Hamburg, Brisbane and his hometown of Melbourne.

 

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.

 

“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