Jordi Isern lives and works in a small village of the Empordà, far from the bustle of everyday life, where he has developed this series of psychological portraits of faces or torsos marked with poetic and unsettling scars, palimpsests and pentimentos that define his exceptional draughtfmanship and underscore the fragility of the human body. With a string of respectable exhibitions in both galleries and public institutions, these past years have borne fruit. The successes he has harvested have allowed him to move with his family to the Ampurdán and dedicate himself entirely and full-time to his painting. A qualitative sea-change that has left its mark on his work, resulting in the fundamental development that has enabled him to embrace poetry in a synthesis of symmetry.
Poetry has for years been a clear source of inspiration for Jordi Isern. For a long time his works have concealed references to poems, his own as much as Fuensanta’s, his wife’s, or that of other authors. But perhaps the poet who comes closest to the sensitivity of the artist is José Corredor-Matheos, with whom he has long maintained a warm friendship. The link between painting and poetry materialises in his current work, titled QUO, developed as a visual reply to the poetry of Corredor-Matheos. Painted on the unforgiving surface of steel, Isern ennobles, with a masterful sense for drawing and a diaphanous use of light, the poetics of the body.