Don’t be distracted by Jack Cornell's bee-stung pout and brooding glare. In between campaigns for the likes of Stella McCartney, the Storm model, who splits his time between London and Cambridgeshire, is busy creating hard-hitting art, from computer animations and film to more traditional portrait work. On his inspirations, Jack muses, "The ethical and political discourse surrounding technology’s impact on society and culture have been integral notions, and recurring themes and issues". Beauty and brains. Swoon.
What are you up to at the moment, art-wise?
“Other than private commission works, the majority of my current work is with a number of primary education institutes. I set up a Residency Programme with a school just before I went to study my degree in fine art at Winchester School of Art. I use this opportunity to push diverse approaches to creativity in education, organising workshops, and activities often where collaboration is key. I have also been designing and building themed—often science-fiction based—interactive learning spaces for students, as a means to push their creative thinking when reading and writing. I am currently working on another learning space that is based on the new Doctor Who TARDIS.”
Any other unlikely inspirations?
“Neil Buchanan has to be one of the biggest influences to my work and childhood, as I spent much of my younger years watching Art Attack
. My work has not really changed, as recycling objects, acrylic paint, and paper mache are some of my most used mediums. I even find myself stealing his lines during workshops; one of my favourite’s being: ‘There are ideas everywhere, and some of the best ideas I find in schools!”
How do you balance being both a model and artist?
“Being a model is great as it opens up doors to a whole new world of creativity. I have used my career in modelling as a way to network, as being on shoots you are constantly surrounded by people with all sorts of creative backgrounds. Through modelling I have worked with other artists, designers, and even photographers, while occasionally getting the chance to dress up in some of the most obscure and insane outfits.”
Images: Courtesy of Storm Model Management and Jack Cornell