I am very happy to introduce you to Kevin Jordan, Contemporary Artist! I have seen Kevin’s artworks in several exhibitions during the past few years and I greatly admire his depth of character and his unique creative process!
Evident early on, Kevin Jordan’s family discovered that he was exceptionally creative. As a young child, Kevin shared a bedroom with his brothers. He discovered that his lower bunk bed in the corner of the room was like his very own space pod. He began drawing from comics at age five and his favorite comic figure was Batman. It was fun for him to be in his own world of art. He could travel wherever he wanted to go in his own pocket universe! During his formative years from 6 to 12, he continued to collect comic books and loved to draw from these images!
Kevin attended Guy Drummond Elementary until Grade 3 when his family moved to another section of Montreal. He completed his elementary school at Central Park Elementary in Montreal, Quebec. He remembers that he was part of a visible minority as his parents were born in Barbados and he did not speak French very well. As a small child, he moved through this challenge by forming the confidence to be himself and by not worrying about whether other people liked him or not. He says, “I didn’t have time. Either people liked me or they didn’t like me.” Kevin attained great wisdom for one so young and this easy acceptance of life and people is strength within him still. I believe we can see this depth of character within each of his confident art works!
At Lachine High School in Montreal, Quebec he remembers that he had good art teachers; Mr. Patterson who taught him art history and the technical skills of drawing architecture and Mr. Sznack who was a free spirit allowing his students to discover their own creative process. Kevin’s favorite media were pen, pencil, inks and he enjoyed the technical aspects of drawing angles in the architectural classes.
In 1982 Kevin attended Vanier College for one year of Architectural Technology. For many years he devoted himself to Provincial Rugby and this prompted his move to B.C. in 1992. He also attended BCIT in British Columbia in 1995 to study computer automated drafting.
After his marriage to Jackie in 1997 he says that he found a place of peace and it was like returning home to his drawing. He was inspired to create art for his new home and did drawings and sculptures that he, Jackie and their two daughters, Jada and Kenya treasure. His parents, two brothers and sister are very pleased to each have at least one of his works of art in their home. Kevin also designed numerous original hand painted ties for his friends and was commissioned to paint murals for a few of the local schools. In 2000, he began to create in earnest and works now in his own home studio on a regular basis.
His art technique has moved from pen and pointillism, symbolic African images, into a free style jazz theme. However, his latest art works embody a softened more personal approach. The lines have become broadened shadows or areas of light within blended colors. When he creates, he may be attracted to a certain shape or object and then he makes a small sketch of this. He draws what he sees and then recreates the image transforming it with sensitivity and choosing with care his colors and brush strokes.
Through all his diversity of technique and subject matter, what is unique about Kevin Jordan is his driving passion to create truthfully within each moment. His art language has moved and grown along with him and presents as an authentic resonance of his personal journey.
Kevin says, “My intention when I paint is to stir emotions and sentiments within every viewer. I hope that each person who views my art works may enjoy the many colors and have fun! Using many creative techniques and original content, I include a small part of my soul in each art work.” On another note, he says, “A large part for me is letting go. It is still like letting go of a child almost. But once it’s out there, the art work is no longer mine. It’s ours! I am learning to let go!”
In October 2014, he exhibited with Ashley Jackson, Canadian Painter, in “A Life in Spirit and Color,” a collaborative exhibition at the Mind and Matter Gallery, White Rock, B.C.
He has also exhibited solo eleven times at the following venues; Semiahmoo Library, White Rock, B.C., Ocean Park Library, Surrey, B.C., Fleetwood Library, Surrey, B.C., Newton Library, Surrey, B.C., and the Cloverdale Library, Surrey, B.C. Contemporary Artist, Kevin Jordan has original paintings held in private collections in Canada, the U.S.A. and Mexico.
For further information or to purchase one of Kevin Jordan’s art works
Call: 778 828 9670
View his art works at www.artbyjordie.com
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Love and Light
International professional painter
Vancouver, B.C. Canada