• Olly Jordan

Chapter 2 - Artist - Jeremy Kyle - Less is More

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

Jeremy Kyle is an artist that inspired my work back in 2013 and has popped up a few times through my time, so I might as well do a case study looking deeper into his work for my own reference but also so I can sort of catalogue artists that have inspired my through the years and going on into the future.

What Kyle manages to do with just a few brush strokes is stunning and that is what initially attracted me to working in his style. The work looks so clean and polished with so much space and each brush stroke counts. With the smallest suggestion of a forehead in this piece, without needing anymore imagery, you can imagine what the rest of this girls head looks like. This can also be said for how the cheek bones have been illustrated, by providing colour on the cheek bones and providing no other information of the bone structure apart from the chin, again, you can imagine this girls face shape and her jawline. This style looks so simple because it could be said that there is hardly any actual artwork there, but it is the negative space and what is not provided that makes this artwork so interesting and that is something that I always wanted to explore.

Jeremy Kyle has done very well with his art career and he is still young and in his prime, so he has potential to be a very big influence in the modern art world, he already has 23,700 followers on instagram. I know instagram followers don't equate to how successful someone is, but that is still alot of people looking at his artwork. He works with watercolours and ink and this recognisable style has been sought after on international levels, he has been commissioned to make paintings for the likes of The New York Times, Dior, Activewear, Barbershop Co.and many more. Celebrities and CEO's also own some of his original artwork - Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler. He does also have prints available on his shop and are priced pretty highly, so he is clearly an artist in demand.

It has been good to go back and reflect on this artist's work and also look into the kind of companies that he has had the opportunity to work with as it could help inform where my work could also belong. I can see how Kyle's work would work very well in the beauty/fashion industry because it is soft and expressive, and that is the kind of visual that really works in fashion. In terms of my own work, I could perhaps see myself going down the fashion and beauty route because my colour palettes do tend to beautify things, and what I mean by that is I give things a radiance with bright colours and highlight pops. I do also enjoy working with traditionally beautiful subjects like rings, glass, jewellery, well, this is when I get the chance to and I'm not working on portraits or design projects.


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