Remixed Nostalgia with Jerkface

By Emma Regolini

March 27th, 2020

You may recognise Jerkface’s nostalgia-driven, potently optimistic reimaginations of yours and my favourite cartoon icons. His remix of colourful pop-iconography makes his work not only stands out but will also make you stand still and appreciate his flawless attention to detail and nuance.

Jerkface in Brooklyn, 2016

Jerkface’s daring dissections and use of ubiquitous characters including The Simpsons, Spongebob, Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes and many more make him a key player in the art scene.

Jerkface’s first wall as a teen in Queens 2013

Breaking away from widely used stencil, wildstyle or realism forms of street art, Jerkface’s pieces evoke a sense of familiarity, naivety and innocence.

Jerkface in Manhattan, NY 2016

The artist often reflects on the happiness he sought from cartoon programs during his childhood years. His work bridges the gap between youthful memories and the weight adulthood.

Jerkface in New York, NY 2017

From geometric abstractions to repetition and transparent layers, Jerkface purposefully creates provocative scenes that are rich with emotion, energy and an unbridled enthusiasm. In a time like this, Jerkface’s work seems indispensable now more than ever.

Jerkface Grand in Manhattan, NY 2014
Jerkface, 2018

The artist’s creative process however is far from simple. Relying and trusting on his intuition and experience over time, Jerkface explains that his design process starts with the idea and then a sketch which he builds on to refine the design. He says that, “over time, you learn to look at your work better and differently.”

Jerkface in Asheville, NC 2017

Over the years, you can see his designs become more refined and enriched with movement while staying true to the innocence and joy of his youth. True to form, with constant revision and improvement, his pieces today are flawless.

Jerkface in Manhattan, NY 2017

He states that, “the secret is to have the ability to find weaknesses in your own work and to dig those pain points out before anyone else.”

Jerkface in LES NYC, 2016

By manipulating and refining his playful characters, Jerkface has been about to create new compelling visual narratives for characters including Pink Panther, Sesame Street and many more.

Jerkface in Brooklyn, 2018

In addition to his success in the street art world, Jerkface’s 2016 exhibition “Saturday Morning” (a nod to Saturday morning cartoons) at Under the Influence gallery in Hong Kong garnered international recognition leading to several murals around Hong Kong and the US.

Jerkface in Manhattan, 2014

When asked about his view on street art today, Jerkface says, “everything happening around street art is inspiring.” Heavily influenced by his surroundings in New York, the artist explains that he is most inspired by “the regularity of artists painting massive buildings.”

Jerkface in Manhattan, 2015

As the circuit of street art festivals worldwide expands and street art becomes more widely respected, it is exciting to see artists like Jerkface and others share their work on a big scale.

Jerkface in Brooklyn, NY 2017

“Art on such a big stage is so overwhelming, so grand. It becomes larger than life.”

Jerkface Manhattan, 2015

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