Jordy Kerwick is a France-based Australian artist who has captured the attention of art dealers, collectors & curators across the world. In the the past 24 months alone, 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 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 domesticity, 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.
“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