Jordy Kerwick doesn’t have to worry about being forgotten. His colorful, highly unique paintings have taken the art world by storm since his career began in 2016 when he started selling his art through Instagram. This quickly led to him gaining worldwide recognition for his candid, unique art, which draws images from folklore, books, music and his personal life.
I Want You To Remember This – which can be seen at The Arts Club until February 2023 – follows shortly after Jordy’s solo show Vertical Plane Me, which was recently shown at Vigo Gallery. According to The Arts Club, this new exhibition represents a “significant moment” for the artist in London as he continues to capture the public’s attention.
Considering where Jordy comes from professionally, his meteoric rise feels all the sweeter. “I had some rough starts in business, which were tough, but the situation also made me more inclined to try new things that I probably never would have done otherwise — one of them is painting,” he tells Creative Tree.
“I didn’t have much knowledge of art at the time, but my wife helped me see making things as a way to deal with stress. I got really obsessed with it, painted almost every day, and have been obsessed ever since. I’m grateful that a professional low has turned into something positive that I continue to enjoy exploring.”
Populated with strange creatures such as two-headed women, unicorns and wolf-headed serpents, the world of Jordy’s art is steeped in mythology that is filtered through his vibrant, primal-color-infused outlook. He explains that this look is not forced, but a natural fruit of his creative interests.
“I have always been a fan of storytelling and have been inspired by the way writers create stories. Folklore is the traditional way of telling stories, relying on distinctive characters and symbolism to tell stories of good and evil, life and death, and fear and courage. In that sense, my work leans on those folkloric features.”
He adds: “My two sons are also a huge source of inspiration for many of the mythical figures I create. They show me monsters or fantastical creatures they’ve come up with while playing, and their creative freedom reminds me not to much to think about mine.” art too much.”
Besides folklore and his family, Jordy is also inspired by writers like Bukowski, plus artists like Robert Motherwell, Bob Thompson, Helen Frankenthaler and Agnes Martin. “I also really look up to Fabrizio Biviano. He’s an Australian artist I’ve been a fan of for a while, and of course Henri Matisse – Matisse is always there for me, from the way he draws female figures to his use of primary colors . He is the best.”
Each stage of an artist’s career brings its associated challenges. So now that Jordy is getting attention with his artwork, like the paintings in I Want You To Remember This, has the activity he turned to to de-stress become a source of stress itself?
“It’s a little different now because I’m lucky that my work is in demand, so in a sense there’s a pressure to create that wasn’t there before,” he reveals.
“However, painting will always be a stress reliever for me. It will always be a way to express myself no matter what mood I’m in, and I can’t imagine that ever changing.”
I Want You To Remember This, curated by Amelie von Wedel and Pernilla Holmes of Wedel Art, is now on view at The Arts Club until February 2023.
Aurore Ankarcrona Hennessey, Director of Art at The Arts Club, added: “Jordy’s striking works are the perfect way to usher in our new Ofelia Members’ Lounge, with his fresh and adventurous vision echoing the beginning of a new chapter for the club itself. straddling the line between playful and menacing, his otherworldly paintings must be seen in real life.”