Jerry Kowalsky (*1972) is a dutch artist who creates large scale portraits and sculptures. His interest in the development of human social behavior and its values comes forth in the themes of his work. In „The incident at the flower shop” he questions the effects of Facebook using 150 profile pictures of his FB friends, in „We are born” he uses children portrait of famous and infamous people as they were still infants to compare them to see if there are signs of the direction they chose in their adult lives.
His artworks are, on the one hand touchingly beautiful, on the other hand (painfully) confronting. He likes to challenge the audience and leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts. His works are saturated with irony, mental inertia, clichés and bad jokes.
Kowalsky studied fine arts and sculpting at the Maastricht Art Academy. In 2001 he received a grant by the Mondriaan Foundation and started building his career in Amsterdam, at that time still working under his birth name Jeroen Cremers.
He is currently represented by the galleries “Vriend van Bavink” in Amsterdam and the “Peer Gallery” in Maastricht. His work has been exhibited in the USA, South Korea, the Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK and Macedonia. It was also sold at Christies in 2002 in Amsterdam and shown at Art Basel. Jerry
Kowalsky currently lives and works in Berlin