Jordy Kerwick

© Courtesy of Jordy Kerwick and cadet capela

Born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia
Lives and works in Albi, France

Jordy Kerwick’s figurative lexical field is, without a doubt, a pretext for painting. His predominantly vivid compositions, whose perspective is almost non-existent, immortalize both completely fantasized and much more autobiographical subjects, often within the same canvas. He also takes up classic themes of painting, notably still lifes and vanities. He adds elements of everyday life with antagonistic connotations, such as flowers and cigarettes, thus juxtaposing the attractive and drab aspects of life.
His highly recognizable iconography is built around a ensemble of recurring graphic elements, almost patterns-like, composed of cobras, wolf heads, feathers, naked women or vegetal elements. Predatory animals are increasingly present in his recent works, as if to remind Man of his primitive nature.
Kerwick explores the intrinsic relationships of painting between thickness, color and flatness. Using a variety of techniques, from acrylic paint to oil to spray paint to collage, Kerwick’s raw and unapologetic works are imbued with an obviousness, sublimated by the richness of the textures and the depth of the surfaces.

His work is part of the collections of the Reina Sofia Museum, Blanca and Borja Thyssen-Bornemisza and the ICA Miami, among others.
In 2023, Kerwick presented a solo exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid.

Curriculum vitae

Solo and two-person exhibitions
  • 2024
    In The Year of the Dragon, with Kazuma Koike, Aishonanzuka, Hong Kong, HK
  • 2023
    Jordy Kerwick, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, ES
  • So many sheep, so few wolves, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz, CH
  • 2022
    I want you to remember this, The Arts Club, Vigo Gallery, London, GB
  • So many sheep & so few wolves, Vigo Gallery, London, GB
  • Vertical Planes, Wellington Arch, Vigo Gallery, London, GB
  • Pink sunsets, cigarettes, 3 regrets and hope to haunt the future, Old Santa Monica Post Office, Vito Schnabel Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, US
  • Anastasia Bay + Jordy Kerwick, with Anastasia Bay, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, US
  • Année du tigre, l’heure du tigre, Woaw Gallery x Allouche Benias Gallery, Hong Kong, HK
  • 2021
    Between Consciousness and Sleep, Vigo Gallery, London, GB
  • Things we talk about, things we see, Vito Schnabel Gallery, New York, US
  • Le singe qui transpire, with Humberto Poblete-Bustamante, cadet capela, Montpellier, FR
  • I’ll Come Back Again, curated by William Gustafsson, Union Gallery, London, GB
  • The duality of a moment, cadet capela, Paris, FR
  • Don’t burn the house down yet, Allouche Benias, Athens, GR
  • Drawings and Pictures and Time, Pt. 2 Gallery, Oakland, US
  • 2020
    Project Room, cadet capela, Paris, FR
  • The Three Month Dream, PIERMARQ*, Sydney, AU
  • 2019
    I Love You. What’s Your Name, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, US
  • Fatal Purity, Masahiro Maki Gallery, Tokyo, JP
  • Fatal Purity, Masahiro Maki Gallery, Paris, FR
  • Summer Marathon, Beers London, London, GB
  • Macro/Micro, TW Fine Art, Brisbane, AU
  • Sweep The Leg, Johnny, Pt. 2 Gallery, Oakland, US
  • The Best Hologram Party Host, Boom Gallery, Newtown, AU
  • Smuggling Vanilla, with Francisco Mendes Moreira, Galerie 42B, Paris, FR
  • 2018
    Diary of an Introvert, Delphian Gallery, London, GB
  • Outro, PIERMARQ*, Sydney, AU
  • Dancing in the Dark, with Francisco Mendes Moreira, Vigo Gallery, London, GB
  • Down & Up (but mostly down), Galeri Wolfsen, Alborg, DK
  • Peep, with Alexander Katz, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT, US
  • She came back to see that she wasn’t their…, Saint Cloche Gallery, Sydney, AU
  • Jordan Kerwick & Henrik Godsk, with Henrik Godsk, Galeri Wolfsen, Alborg, DK
  • Looking For Sunshine, Linberg Galleries, Melbourne, AU
  • Tonight, Ive loved you forever, Linberg Galleries, Melbourne, AU
  • 2017
    Forth Time Around, Linberg Galleries, Melbourne, AU
  • Cut the chords to the moon, with Justin Williams, Galerie L’inlassable, Paris, FR
Group exhibitions
  • 2024
    A Dream About a Horse , Vigo Gallery, London, GB
  • 2023
    Substance, Collect, Monaco, MC
  • 2022
    Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined, LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, US
  • 2021, curated by Lucien Murat and Clément Thibault, Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris, FR
  • Domesticity, curated by Sasha Bogojev, Volery Gallery, Dubai, AE
  • Contaminations, G/ART/EN Contemporary Art Space, Como, IT
  • Brindar con extraños, Galeria Trinta, Santiago de Compostela, ES
  • 2020
    Hybrids, CFHILL, Stockholm, SE
  • Hey! Follow Me! It’s happy hour time!, Galeria Fran Reus, Palma de Mallorca, ES
  • Figuration/Abstraktion, Kunstbygningen, Engelund Sämlingen, Vrå, DK
  • Nur Bomben I, NBB Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • LIMBO, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, BE
  • 2019
    From Europe with Love, PIERMARQ*, Sydney, DE
  • Play, Galerie Rompone, Cologne, DE
  • #Favorites, Ambacher Contemporary, Munich, DE
  • You Yangs, Boom Gallery, Newtown, AU
  • 2018
    Juxtapose Club House, Pt. 2 Gallery, Miami, US
  • All Things Nice, Pt. 2 Gallery, San Francisco, US
  • Royal Commission Travelling Group Show, showing with 19 other paintings, at varying galleries, Australia, AU
  • Coffee for Eight, Pt. 2 Gallery, Oakland, US
  • Internal Voices, Galeri Wolfsen, Aalborg, DK
  • CHRISP , Helium Cowboy, Hamburg, DE
  • Flowers, PIERMARQ*, Sydney, AU
  • Black/White/Bled All Over, The Hole, New York, US
  • Angry Boys Part Two, Museum Det Ny Kastet, Thisted, DK
  • The Radical Familiar , PIERMARQ*, Sydney, AU
  • Summer Projects V, Boom Gallery, Geelong, AU
  • 2017
    Summer Show , Linberg Galleries, Melbourne, AU
  • Paper Cuts, curated by Kristian Day, London, GB
  • FreshAF , TW Fine Art, Brisbane, AU
  • 75 Works on Paper, Beers Gallery, London, GB
  • We Are The Ones…, CSK Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
  • Summer Cool , Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City, US
  • Angry Boys, Galerie Rompone, Cologne, DE
  • Micro Salon #7, Galerie L’inlassable, Paris, FR
  • Precious Memories, Auto LP, Melbourne, AU
  • 2016
    New Slang , Den-holm Studio’s, Melbourne, AU
  • Local Group Show, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, AU
  • 2024
    ART OnO, cadet capela, Seoul, KR
  • 2023
    Untitled Art Fair Miami Beach, Vigo Gallery, Miami, US
  • West Bund Art & Design, Galeria Mayoral, Shanghai, CN
  • 2022
    Frieze Sculpture, The Regent’s Park, Vigo Gallery, London, GB
  • The Armory Show, Vigo Gallery, New York City, US
  • Taipei Dangdai, cadet capela, Taipei, TW
  • 2021
    Art Busan, Choi & Lager, Busan, KR
  • 2019
    Sydney Contemporary, PIERMARQ*, Sydney, AU
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, ES
  • Blanca and Borja Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid, ES
  • Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami, US
  • Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art, RiZhao, Shandong, CN
  • Fulton Ryder, New York City, US
  • Yusaku Maezawa Contemporary Art Foundation, Tokyo, JP
  • Bunker Art Foundation, Miami, US
  • Maki Collection, Tokyo, JP
  • Colecciōn Solo, Madrid, ES