My name is Jesse Irwin and I am disabled Brisbane artist. I have been doing custom commissions and selling completed artworks since 2017. I started my artist Instagram account (@jesseirwinart) in 2018.
I initially worked in embroidery, but soon branched into pen and marker works. I have made works using embroidery, pen and ink, markers, and acrylic paint pens. I have also drawn commissions digitally, both as vectors and more typical illustrations.
I have successfully completed Inktober (wherein you draw a pen and ink illustration each day for 31 days) in both 2018 and 2019, and turned the images into zines (small art books) which are available in my online store.
I have written and illustrated several small zines on the themes of mental health and social media.
I exhibited three embroideries at the ‘Shifting Perspectives’ art exhibition from 29 October to 10 November 2019 at the Graydon Gallery in New Farm. Two of the works sold.
I started designing and selling pins in 2019, and in early 2020 I successfully ran my first Kickstarter to produce six enamel pin designs based on my drawings of Australian animals and flowers. In August 2020 I received a stART artist grant to assist me in producing six more enamel pin designs to continue the Australian animals and flowers collection.
My work tends to explore themes of mental health, depression, and the beauty of the animals we love.