At once historic and compellingly naïve in their mining of archetypes and ancestral memories, Kerwick's works are populated by quasi-mythical creatures. Wolves, tigers, cobras, bears, horses, unicorns, and humans all figure, often presenting as zoomorphic hybrids. Such forms lie deep in our collective consciousness, being the subject of some of the earliest cave paintings, dating from the Palaeolithic era. The childlike rendering of these story patterns is significant to Kerwick’s process, as he seeks to unlearn the conventional constraints of both adulthood and the art world.
Jordy Kerwick (b. 1982, Melbourne, Australia) lives and works in Albi, France. He is self taught, taking up painting in 2016, and has exhibited extensively internationally. His paintings and sculptures are held in numerous public and private collections.