About Jerkface

Drawing from a distinctive cast of cartoon characters and cultural icons, Queens-born artist Jerkface playfully recontextualises the fabric of his childhood with his intricately patterned, abstracted motifs. ”My main intention is to create a gateway to youth. Cartoon characters play into everyone’s childhood. They are an aspect of innocence and joy that jog the memory of a simpler time.”...
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Drawing from a distinctive cast of cartoon characters and cultural icons, Queens-born artist Jerkface playfully recontextualises the fabric of his childhood with his intricately patterned, abstracted motifs. ”My main intention is to create a gateway to youth. Cartoon characters play into everyone’s childhood. They are an aspect of innocence and joy that jog the memory of a simpler time.”

Born and raised in New York City during the ‘80s and ‘90s, Jerkface began his artistic career on the streets after becoming a forerunner in the New York graffiti scene. Imbued with his signature cartoon nostalgia and youthful optimism, his innovative murals quickly became prominent fixtures around the city; gaining widespread acclaim. “Painting in public is an addiction, most street artists will do this for the rest of their lives.”

Motivated by the endless competition in New York City (“If you’re not pushing yourself 100% of the time, you’re not going to make it”) and the desire to archive his childhood, Jerkface began to transition his creative compositions onto canvas. Continually experimenting with form and shape, his abstract cartoon mash-ups – many of which are left faceless – skilfully manipulate viewers emotions. “By removing the facial features, the viewer is able to focus on the more subtle effects of the colours and shapes.”

Reclaiming childhood innocence by fashioning a fantasy world of his own creation, Jerkface’s muses star in a number of legendary television shows such as Looney Tunes, The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants and Sesame Street. “There always has to be a connection for me with the characters. That’s the basis. If I don’t have this connection, I won’t enjoy the creative process. Once I’ve decided on a subject, I rely a lot on intuition and revision to carry me through.”

With one of the largest murals on display in New York City and more in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Chicago, Jerkface has rapidly become one of the world’s most highly sought-after street artists. Living and working in New York City, Jerkface continues to push his practice and experiment with his signature themes. “Adulthood for most of us, can be very heavy at times. Remembering my own youth through these compositions invokes joy and nostalgia, and it has the same effect on the people who appreciate my work.”

“It’s pure and potent optimism. There is no negativity in my work. The way I see it, there’s enough negativity in life. I’d rather provide happiness and healing.” – Jerkface