Intuitive and moody, the process by which Jeremy Cowart builds his work draws from a lifetime of portraiture, a creative navigation system entirely geared toward empathy, and, largely, a curiosity for the unknown. Once heralded as the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes, and Yahoo, Jeremy Cowart is an award-winning photographer, artist, and entrepreneur. His current body of work, however, pushes past his commercial acclaim.
Imbued with flashes of vibrance amongst comfortable earth tones, Cowart’s fine art acts as both a celebration of communion, and a mourning. For the artist and the viewer alike, each piece is an experience in seeking information, asking questions, and speaking hope: with base images from every area of Cowart’s life, the work is varied in its commercial or personal origin; it transcends the present moment and pulls from every place, every time and finds commonality in its unified beauty and organic nature.
Distinctly painterly, the work finds balance in its process and confines. Working in large scale, and building on each piece both digitally and physically, Cowart allows for the creativity driving the work to feel imbalanced safe in his knowledge that releasing kinetic narratives to worldwide viewers will allow for what he as an artist cannot and should not control: the humanity, empathy, and interest which grows from safely viewing, engaging, and enjoying what isn’t initially literal or moderated.
Cowart hopes the work activates goodness, speaks hope, and inspires to unite.
Jeremy’s Life Story Video Statistics
In 2016, Jeremy released his 25 minute video/life story called “I’m Possible”. Here are the results:
2.6 Million Views
41,431 Timeline Shares
Jeremy has also presented this story live to tens of thousands all across the country.
PRESS For jeremy’s various personal projects
TIME Magazine: Gatlinburg Fire Drone Photos: Families in Their Former Homes
The Weather Channel: Stunning Aerials Show Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Residents Lying Amid ...
Daily Mail: Drone pictures capture Gatlinburg fire victims
My Modern Met: Gatlinburg Fire Victims Photographed in their Burnt Homes
Digital Trends: jeremy-cowart-voices-of-gatlinburg - Digital Trends
Nashville Arts: Jeremy Cowart: Gatlinburg Calling - - Nashville Arts Magazine
Huffington Post: Jeremy Cowart's Purpose Hotel: One Man's Dream to Help You Help …
Relevant Magazine: Jeremy Cowart's Social-Justice Focused 'Purpose Hotel' Looks Pretty …
Nashville LifeStyles: Nashville Moment: Jeremy Cowart - Nashville Lifestyles
Wall Street Journal: Creating a Lasting Image
Huffington Post: Meet the Top 30 Most Influential Photographers on the Web
The Great Discontent: Jeremy Cowart on The Great Discontent (TGD)
DaveRamsey.com: 6 Questions With Jeremy Cowart | DaveRamsey.com
CNET: OKDOTHIS review
Various Companies Jeremy is sponsored by
(Jeremy is one of Canon’s “Explorers of Light”. There are only 40 of them in the world)
Jeremy Cowart is a Nashville-based fine artist working in the mediums of mixed media, photography, and empathy.
A juggernaut in the commercial photography world, Cowart left the acclaim of working with celebrities and being named by national magazines as one of the most influential photographers of his time to innovate in richer soils. His fine art explores identity, abstraction, genesis, and moves to inspire unity by presenting large scale organic visuals with kinetic narratives transcending the present moment to pull from every place, every time to find commonality among his worldwide viewers.
This isn’t Cowart’s first exercise in building work from a foundation of empathy. His seed location for the global installation of The Purpose Hotel first raised over $750k dollars on Kickstarter, igniting an international press frenzy for the concept, before raising nearly $680k on the same platform. The hotel is designed to power global change both actively and passively: with each room booking, a child gets sponsored and internet fees fight human trafficking; every product is sourced from global partners making a difference; furniture creation provides jobs for those in need; coffee beans in each room are ethically sourced; art features the beauties and realities of global narratives and aid.
Cowart’s professional legacy confirms what he holds to be true: there’s more to unite us than to divide us, and creative innovation can speak hope with lasting success into issues locally and globally.
A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Cowart built his way to the genius work he renders today by believing in possibility outside of academically defined success. His autobiographic video “I’m Possible” went viral in 2016, amassing over 2.5 million views. It details his early struggles, failures, and ultimately his liberation from those confines to find sprawling global success. The message continues to be reinforced: Cowart’s series “Voices of Gatlinburg” was picked up by TIME, USAToday, My Modern Met and others to bring recognition to the wildfires decimating most of Gatlinburg, TN and to provide recovery to those most impacted; his series “Resilient Light” gained similar exposure to provide aid following Hurricane Irma. His success continues and his grounding in empathy presents itself constantly.
His gallery work shows the same degree of thought, and of acclaim. Functioning professionally as an unrepresented artist, he’s caught the attention of galleries, collectors, auctions, and non-profit foundations with his collection of intuitively built, painterly, mixed-media photographs which open windows into new areas of life and of thought for its viewers. His success unsurprisingly defies the confines of the typical fine art market and sprawls into the possibilities of global conversation and exponential effects. The visuals are profound and creative, personal and universal, colorful and grounded. They illicit such a strong reaction, they were immediately met with corporate support. Cowart is sponsored by Canon as an Explorer of Light, and his Hahnemuhl fine art papers are provided to him to ensure his work continues at an unhindered pace.
Cowart is an author, entrepreneur, creator of The Purpose Hotel, founder of the global photography movement Help-Portrait, the online teaching platform See University, the mobile social networking app OKDOTHIS, and a fine artist. He lives in Nashville with his wife and four children.