ON Kerwin Blackburn (01-12) enjoyed another successful year of progress with his online art business and brand, By Kerwin; displaying his action-painted artwork in London for the first time and continuing to grow his international art sales.
After debuting in The Forum, Norwich in December 2020, he exhibited his Jackson Pollock-inspired acrylic pop art, music portrait paintings at Anteros Arts Foundation on Magdalen Street, Norwich at the beginning of summer 2021, before exhibiting several times in London over the rest of the year. These included two editions of Saatchi Art’s internationally acclaimed The Other Art Fair; as well as at the Barbican Centre, The Oxo Tower and at Boxpark Shoreditch – where he hosted his first week-long solo London exhibition and pop up shop; fitting out his very own renovated shipping container with his paintings, prints, painting videos, clothing and other merchandise.
These physical exhibitions were a great milestone for his predominantly e-commerce focused business, which has seen him sell his original paintings (including a first international painting sale of Tupac, fittingly, to Los Angeles in 2021) and over 200 print editions worldwide since launching at the end of 2019.
“I’m very fortunate to have been able to exhibit so many times over the last year when so many events have faced disruption, and to have had this focus over the last couple of years.
“At times it doesn’t seem like long since I was having my first economics lessons in the sixth form, or learning graphic design with Mr Passam – two key skillsets that have been pivotal to my artistic progress.
“Having previously made my first attempt at launching an art company upon leaving Norwich School aged 18, it’s also been hugely rewarding seeing the results of my degrees from Manchester Business School and King’s College London, as well as my sales experience from working in Singapore, come to fruition as I’ve applied these to my hobby of painting – learning a lot of really useful skills at the same time.”
View Kerwin’s full range and purchase his artwork at www.bykerwin.com - where you can also follow his progress including his venture into the digital art world of NFTs.