Jeremy's work has previously revolved around his connection with a coastal existence - paintings that that evoke the complexities of weather and the endlessness of spectral phenomena. While predominantly determined by colour, outcomes are a result of problem-solving, allowing intuition to ride alongside formal structure. He has worked across mediums - using printmaking, sculpture and photography across his five-decade long career - however he remains, very much, a painter.
Short stories from Sydney Street Vol.1 is the start of a body of work relating to a new studio space in Marrickville. After having moved from a coastal viewpoint in WA, these new works refer to a smaller, inside environment – but they still adhere to the formal structures of abstraction.
Travel has helped to shape new directions for his painting. In 1989 Jeremy undertook a six-month artist residency at Kanoria Centre for Arts in India, and has been awarded residencies at Artspace, Sydney, Institut fur Alles Mogliche, Germany and Point B, USA.
His work can be found in institutional and corporate collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Art Gallery of WA, Artbank, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University, Bankwest, Wesfarmers, Office of the Premier, City of Fremantle, City of Perth, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Janet Holmes à Court Collection and Kerry Stokes Collection
The artist monograph 'Jeremy Kirwan-Ward: You Can See it From Here' was published by Art Collective WA in 2017 and features essays by John Barrett-Lennard and Margaret Moore.
Press release courtesy Gallery 9.