Hydra (Lieselotte), 2022
5 different patina finishes
From an edition of 40 unique snakes + 5 Artist Proofs
10 x 14 x 16 1/2 inches (25.5 x 35.5 x 42 cm.)
Up to 23 1/3 (60 cm.) inches in height when including its feathers
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Jordy Kerwick (b. 1982) explores the materiality of painting through surreal folkloric narratives. His world is inhabited by tigers, unicorns, bearwolves, and feathered snakes competing in a Technicolor dreamland. Living and working in Albi, France, Kerwick creates raw oil pastel, crayon, and felt tip compositions, which become the starting point for his narrative paintings like "The Rise and Fall of St Cloud."
His works are playful, surreal, and unapologetic, striking a balance between wonder, excitement, and fear. The tigers and wolves in his paintings stare at the viewer with pop star nonchalance, transcending from scary to heroic and adventurous. He's interested in parallel worlds that question our presupposed knowledge. For example, his sons are depicted as double-headed snakes and tigers, with Sonny on the right and Milo on the left. The blue legs and kneeling nudes in his work reference his artist wife, Rachel.
Kerwick draws inspiration from various sources such as comics, books, film, science, anthropology, music, and art history, referencing artists like Matisse, Dubuffet, and Frankenthaler. He values friendship and family above all and actively collects and supports other artists. Forthcoming exhibitions include a group show at LACMA curated by Jimmy Lovine, and solo shows at the Wellington Arch Museum, Vigo Gallery, and Vito Schnabel.