Jordy Kerwick first exhibition in Hong Kong

Jordy Kerwick first exhibition in Hong Kong

WOAW Gallery in Hong Kong is pleased to present the first exhibition of the year, Année du Tigre, L’heure du Tigre, a solo show of France-based Australian artist Jordy Kerwick. Featuring a  new body of works filled with brilliant colours and vibrant energy, the exhibition celebrates the lunar new year of the Tiger and investigates the topical themes of power, fear and hope. Année du Tigre, L’heure du Tigre opens on 22 January and runs until 17 February 2022.

Known for his raw, thickly impastoed works that explore the classic genre of still life through a contemporary perspective, Jordy Kerwick is a self-taught artist who has built his art away from the conventional structure of art-making, and plays around with textures and surfaces with a candid approach. Motifs and characters are brought down into rough shapes that veer toward abstraction, creating a flattened view of the three-dimensional space. Powerful strokes and expressive colours form energetic compositions that reveal beauty in its most organic and truthful state, recalling the art of Modernist masters such as Henri Matisse and Helen Frankenthaler.

Drawing from his collections of imagery of cultural markings, people, places and things – especially from daily life – Kerwick’s strongly autobiographical works divulge deeply personal stories. A husband and father of two sons, domestic life has been one of his key sources of inspiration, depicted in an unfiltered manner. Scribbles of geometrical shapes by his sons are often seen in the background of the paintings; other times, his sons are portrayed as double-headed serpents or tigers. Considering his youth living in Hong Kong, Kerwick connects his memories with the Chinese traditional zodiac stories.

About Woaw Gallery

Woaw Gallery is a contemporary gallery established by Kevin Poon in 2019. Across 3 locations between Hong Kong anBeijing, the gallery introduces a wide variety of artworks by established  & emerging artists around the globe with a fresh perspective and translates them for the Asia Market.

Woaw Gallery has previously produced and hosted exhibitions and group shows that feature a wide variety of artists including Allison Zuckerman, Anna Weyant, Charlie Roberts, Cristina Banban, Grant Levy-Lucero, Koichi Sato, Simphiwe Ndzube, Sam Friedman, Sun Woo and Tide as well as product launches for KAWS and editions with Case Studyo.

Address: Woaw Gallery, 5 Sun Street, Wan Chai & 9 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong


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Thomas has a university background in the UK and in Latin America, with studies in Languages and Humanities, Culture, Literature and Economics. He started his Asian experience as a publisher in Krabi in 2005. Thomas has been editing local newspapers and magazines in England, Spain and Thailand for more than fifteen years. He is currently working on several projects in Thailand and abroad. Apart from Thailand, Thomas has lived in Italy, England, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain and Bali. He spends most of his time in Asia. During the years Thomas has developed a great understanding of several Asian cultures and people. He is also working freelance, writing short travel stories and articles for travel magazines. Follow Thomas on

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