New Plymouth based artist Jordan Barnes is preparing for his next exhibition titled 'Homage' at Puke Ariki Museum. We popped over to his studio to say hello and get a little glimpse of his latest works. We are very lucky to have such a talented and warm-hearted artist calling New Plymouth home. Read on and get to know Jordan a bit better and make sure to head over to Puke Ariki Friday February 14th 4 -5.30 pm for the opening.
Jordan is recognized as an artistic all-rounder. His creative endeavors involve a number of artistic disciplines including painting, music, filmmaking and acting. He has been involved in projects along side some of New Zealand’s top artists such as Dick Frizzell, and also collaborated with NZ actress Anna Paquin for the 2011 WWF Ocean Views Campaign. In 2010 at 24 years of age, Jordan was awarded the inaugural NZAAT $15000 Artist Grant, beating a field of 500 applicants - ”we recognize in Jordan a real star quality… Jordan has an obvious talent and we are proud to be nurturing this, he is not afraid to push the boundaries and his work provokes conversation” stated Carla Russell, Executive Director of the New Zealand Art Show.
How long have you been creating? Has it always been in this medium?
For as long as I can remember, I started out drawing random people at church to pass the time when I was a young kid, I would then go up to the person and give them the sketch. Now I mostly paint with oils, I have since I was 14 when my teacher commissioned 3 paintings for $40 each.
Who taught you or how did you learn your craft?
Self taught, but I have to give all the credit to my Mum and Dad for always supporting me and encouraging me, especially as a kid. They always made sure I had the tools to create.
If you weren’t creating your art works what would you be doing?
I’d be following my dreams of being a rock star for sure. I had to choose one or the other, I chose to paint, hopefully it was the right choice.
Have you passed your techniques onto others?
I’ve been into a few classes at both Primary and High schools to pass on some knowledge, not so much techniques as I think its important to find your own way of doing things, but I’m always willing to help out wherever I can.
Is there a specific piece you have created that is dearest to you heart? If so, why?
I painted my Brother in his hospital bed while he was going through chemotherapy, that was the best painting I’ve ever done for sure. It was my first painting that had real emotion and meaning behind it, and it showed through I think, I learnt a lot from painting that work.
If you could plan your perfect day what would it consist of from start to finish?
At the moment I’d just say a day out of the studio - wake up and go for coffee at the Federal Store, have a surf, meet mum for more coffee at Petit Paris… just enjoy being in New Plymouth, I’ve been away from home enough to know there’s no place better! Any day here around my family and friends is a good one.
What is your favourite meal and who would prepare it for you?
Pesto Pasta, but I’d be the one preparing it for someone.
If you were to be an animal which one would you be?