On an individual level we are often full of love, acceptance, empathy, and kindness, but as a whole we can be aggressive, destructive, hateful, and divisive – the sole reason that my scientific field exists.
I am troubled by this duality and my art is where I process these thoughts and emotions and try to better understand what we are and who we have become as a species.
William from Montréal, Québec
"I had a dream about lanterns floating through a bamboo forest inspired by Jordan’s painting and I just couldn’t get it out of my head. Had to get it."
Jordan Plotnek was born in 1992 to artistic Jewish parents in Sydney. He spent his childhood moving from place to place between Australia and Brazil due to various pressures at home, eventually commissioning into the Australian military at 19 years old. During his time in uniform Jordan was exposed to further conflict and aggression, where lethal violence and destruction would be desensitised; and sometimes even celebrated.
By 2019 this hyper-awareness of the human capacity for such atrocities led Jordan to discover painting, particularly abstract expressionism and symbolism, as a mechanism to process his experiences. Jordan has since expanded his practice to investigate human existentialism more broadly – informed by current events, his security research, and his global experiences living alongside different peoples and cultures.
Jordan’s work quickly proved successful; having been internationally collected, commissioned, and gallery represented within the first month of going public. Today his work is displayed in both private and corporate collections across the globe, including in Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, and the Middle East.