Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell

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Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell
Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell presenting the pre-premiere for his historical ICON art series in Culver City, California on August 9th, 2009
Born Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell
(1977-02-03)February 3, 1977
Los Angeles, California, US
Nationality American
Known for Mixed Media Artist, Documentary Filmmaker, Mixed Martial Athlete
Movement Contemporary Artist
Spouse(s) Katrina Bea

Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell (born February 3, 1977) is an American contemporary artist based in Los Angeles California. Corbell is best known for his immersive mixed media art exhibitions that combine art, fashion and film. Corbell is also a photographer, fashion designer, author, documentary filmmaker, mixed martial arts athlete and instructor.

Early life[edit]

Corbell was born in Los Angeles in 1977, the son of an immigrant father who founded an importing business, and a native Angeleno mother, the daughter of a watchmaker. Corbell's full birth name was "Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell". The middle of three boys, Corbell began the study of Jujitsu at the early age of 9.[citation needed]

After graduating high school from the Harvard-Westlake School in 1995, Corbell attended University of California in Santa Cruz, and graduated with a degree in Quantum Studies.[1]

Martial arts career[edit]

Corbell is a Black Belt in Jujitsu.[1] In 2001 Corbell released his first book titled Radiant Source - Cultivating Warrior Consciousness that put forward the foundational philosophy for his approach to the Martial Way.[2]

Corbell taught Jujitsu and Yoga at the University of California Santa Cruz for many years.[3] During this time he developed his trademarked styles of martial and healing arts, Quantum Jujitsu and Warrior Yoga. Corbell has appeared in Black Belt Magazine, Yoga Journal, and other international magazines highlighting his approach to yoga and Jujitsu.[4]

At-risk youth Programs[edit]

Corbell developed a martial arts and yoga curriculum to provide training for at-risk-youth. This includes an award winning[citation needed] Juvenile Hall yoga program to incorporate his philosophy of meaningful living with the practical instruction of Warrior Yoga. Following discharge from Juvenile Hall, students continue instruction during and after their probation period.[5]

Film work and demonstrations[edit]

Corbell has consulted on a number of films such as I Am Number 4 and Bunraku. Corbell has also consulted for video games such as UFC.[6] One of Corbell's Jujitsu demonstrations has received over 4.5 million views on YouTube, and has received much attention for its high-flying techniques.[7]

Near-fatal illness[edit]

While traveling overseas in 2004 to Nepal and India, Corbell contracted a near-fatal respiratory disease called Valley Fever. He lost more than 35 pounds (16 kg), experienced daily fevers, hallucinations and distorted vision. Corbell survived and made it home to be treated by doctors at UCLA. Unable to practice martial arts for over a year due to medical complications, Corbell began spontaneously creating art. Commenting on his transition from fighter to artist, Corbell said "I learned that we often only express fragments of our totality, and that it is through the courage of imagination that we become free to truly express."[8]

Fine art career[edit]

Corbell has called himself an "accidental artist" as he suddenly became too ill to continue martial arts training.[9] In 2004, Corbell began secretly harvesting local building demolitions for early-century windows and doors in the Los Angeles area. He began recycling them into art installations. Over the years Corbell has exhibited numerous bodies of work in avant-garde locations, private settings and galleries across the United States. His invitational art events have generated national interest and press.[10]

Notable art exhibitions[edit]

Some of the most influential exhibitions by Corbell are as follows:

Death to Life: Corbell disassembled computers and embedded them into vintage doors and windows harvested from local Los Angeles demolitions. The pieces were distributed throughout the Los Angeles area and showed rotating imagery and sounds from his travels in Nepal and India.[11][non-primary source needed]

Factory Girl Exhibition: In coordination with a pre-premiere of the film Factory Girl, Corbell exhibited an original body of work as part of a comparative exhibition with a series of privately owned Warhols.[12]

ICON: Life Love & Style of Sharon Tate: In honor of the 40th anniversary of Sharon Tate's passing, with the blessing of the Tate family[13] created a 350-piece historic art exhibition celebrating Sharon's style and life. The art and fashion based exhibition showcases images of Sharon's never before revealed wardrobe by designers such as Christian Dior, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark and Yves Saint Laurent.[14]

Bunraku Art Experience: Chateau Marmont: Held at the Chateau Marmont (Penthouse 64) in Hollywood California, Corbell hosted a one night only art installation for the cast of the film BUNRAKU by Director Guy Moshe. In lieu of a premiere, Corbell's art exhibition revealed images and art pieces of Demi Moore, Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman and Kevin McKid.[15]

Fashion design[edit]

In the Summer of 2010 Corbell launched his art-apparel line called ICON Apparel. A collaboration with Five Four Clothing's Creative Director Andres Izquieta, ICON Apparel was inspired by Corbell's mixed media art. Each piece was hand-touched and autographed by the artist. The line launched at Fred Segal in Santa Monica California and was limited edition.[16][17]

Film career[edit]

Corbell has made a number of experimental and documentary films.[18][19] In May 2011 Corbell completed a short titled LOST VEGAS, and is working on a feature film about "extraordinary belief systems".[9]

Corbell's directorial debut is with the film Lost Vegas. The piece encounters six characters (performers and street kids) throughout one night in Las Vegas. The night is May 21, 2011, which is the supposed "night of Rapture" the "end of the world" as predicted by certain religious sects. Corbell asked each person a series of three questions, and the film captures their responses.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Martial Arts Biography - Jeremy Corbell". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Radiant Source: Cultivating Warrior Consciousness (9781434802217): Jeremy Corbell: Books". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Santa Cruz County Office of Education: Student & Personnel Services Division - Alternative Education Programs". Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  4. ^ WARRIOR YOGA. Black Belt Magazine. October 2004. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  5. ^ "Santa Cruz County Office of Education: Student & Personnel Services Division - Alternative Education Programs". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  6. ^ Roman, Caroline M. "New Josh Hartnett / Demi Moore film tries an artistic approach to publicity ... 'BUNRAKU' also stars Woody Harrelson, Directed by Guy Moshe | The Daily Truffle: The Los Angeles Social Diary | Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and the Malibu Colony". The Daily Truffle. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Quantum Jujitsu demo with Sensei Jeremy Corbell". Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  8. ^ "Flavia Colgan: ICON: The life and Love of an Accidental Artist". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  9. ^ a b "Stripping Away the Las Vegas Strip". Bunker Hill Magazine. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  10. ^ "Press". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  11. ^ "Death To Life". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  12. ^ "Factory Girl Screening and Party | Splash Magazines | Los Angeles". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  13. ^ "Corbell". 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  14. ^ "Restoring Sharon Tate". 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  15. ^ "Check Out Some Images From the 'Bunraku' Art Experience". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  16. ^ "Blog". Five Four Clothing. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
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  18. ^ "Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell on Vimeo". Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  19. ^ a b [1][dead link]

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