Located on the second floor, next to the the bookstore in The Forks Market, the Jordan Van Sewell Gallery provides an enchanting perspective of the world through colourful ceramic sculpture. The artiste has been at his craft for five decades.
“Where does he get his crazy ideas?” or “What the heck was he thinking?” are likely to be among the reactions of many a gallery visitor, as is “I really like his stuff!” Jordan Van Sewell is just fine with those comments.
“In my role as an artist, I question society. Through my work, I offer that conversation, those questions to the viewer, the participant. When I am able to set up that dialogue through my work, then that’s a good thing,” says Jordan.
In university, Jordan further developed his adopted cartoon character world, the newt emerging as the ideal personification to poke fun at the establishment. He also found modelling funky and fantasy ceramic trucks held great satisfaction. And who doesn’t like trucks!
Repeated themes cover – snakes, a nod to his ancestral great grandparents who pioneered at Narcisse, MB; the black dog, the perennial witness; while skulls (including his time-honoured Pinocchio skulls), and skeletons – are reminders of our ever looming mortality and observance of our time here. His cast of characters present insights and well, truths, into this crazy complex world - in a refreshing scamp-like way. Gone is the innocent cartoon.
Jordan’s works are found in public and private collections around the world, including Buckingham Palace.
A 2017 commission called “The Canoes” can be seen in The Common at The Forks Market in Winnipeg, MB.