Jordan Van Sewell, Previously Sold Artwork

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Dog Enters Primitive Space Age
Jordan Van Sewell
Ceramic (11x10x6 in) 2014
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So Very Small
Jordan Van Sewell
Ceramic (11x7x4.5 in) circa 1995
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Red Car
Jordan Van Sewell
Ceramic (12x23x10 in)
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Jordan Van Sewell

(1954)

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Jordan Van Sewell was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. By age 15 he was already employed as a redcap for Canadian Pacific Railways and at 18 was a brakeman riding freight trains in Saskatchewan. Riding through untouched prairie towns aboard an 1898 caboose greatly affected his view of life. He worked for Canadian Pacific throughout his training at the Fine Art faculty at the University of Manitoba where he graduated in 1979.

Following graduation, Van Sewell left the railroad and made his career as a studio artist. He has created a personal iconography in his ceramic figures which embody his own feeling of nostalgia for that time when "magic" abounded. His characters, sitting staring into space, are pondering the same questions of modern life which concern us all. His sculptures are found in many collections, both private and corporate, including Great-West life Assurance, the Government of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Though humorous in nature, the sculpture of Jordan Van Sewell is a thoughtful commentary on life as he sees it. While being entertained by his work, the viewer is challenged to look for the message it portrays.

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Jordan Van Sewell
The artist’s web site

In Plain View - Jordan Van Sewell
Documentary by Ivan Hughes, 2011