Jordy Kerwick need not worry about being forgotten. His colorful, highly unique paintings, his career that took the art world by storm, started in 2016 when he started selling his art on Instagram. This soon led to his worldwide recognition for his outspoken, one-of-a-kind art that borrowed images from folklore, books, music, and his personal life.
I Want You To Remember This – on display at The Arts Club until February 2023 – comes right after Jordy’s solo show Vertical Plane Me, which was recently exhibited at Vigo Gallery. According to The Arts Club, this new exhibition represents a “highlight” in London for the artist, who continues to engage audiences.
Considering where Jordy came from professionally, his meteoric rise sounds so much sweeter. He tells Creative Boom: “I’ve had a few rough starts in business, but the situation has also made me more prone to trying new things that I’d probably never have otherwise—one of which was painting,” he tells Creative Boom.
“I didn’t know much about art at the time, but my wife helped me see doing things as a way to deal with stress. I became really obsessed, I paint almost every day, and I’ve been obsessed ever since.” … I’m grateful that a professional low point has turned into something positive that I continue to have fun exploring.”
Filled with strange creatures such as two-headed women, unicorns, and wolf-headed snakes, Jordy’s art world is filled with mythology filtered through his vibrant, primary color-infused perspective. She explains that this look is not forced, but a natural fruit of her creative interests.
“I’ve always been a fan of storytelling, and I’ve been inspired by the way writers construct narratives. Folklore, good and evil, life and death and fear and courage. In this sense, my work is based on these folkloric features.
He adds: “Both my sons are a great source of inspiration for many of the mythical-type figures I create. They show me monsters or fantasy creatures they find at play, and their creative freedom reminds me not to think too much about my own ideas for art too.”
Alongside folklore and family, Jordy draws inspiration from writers like Bukowski and artists like Robert Motherwell, Bob Thompson, Helen Frankenthaler and Agnes Martin. “I also admire 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’s the best.”
Every stage of an artist’s career comes with its associated challenges. Now that Jordy has garnered attention with works of art, such as the paintings in I Want You to Remember This, does the stress relief activity itself become a source of stress?
“It’s a little different now because I’ve been lucky enough to be in demand for my work, so there’s a pressure to create in a way that wasn’t there before,” he explains.
“However, painting will always be a stress reliever for me. No matter what mood I’m in, there will always be a way to express myself and I can’t imagine that will change.”
Curated by Wedel Art’s Amelie von Wedel and Pernilla Holmes, I Want You To Remember This can be seen at The Arts Club until February 2023.
Aurore Ankarcrona Hennessey, Artistic Director of The Arts Club, adds: “Jordy’s stunning work is the perfect way to open our new Ofelia Members Lounge with a fresh and adventurous vision that marks the start of a new chapter for the club. The walk is the line between playful and menacing, his otherworldly paintings. must be seen alive.”