About Me

James Kerr is a British painter living near Stratford upon Avon, England.


I spent my early years as a decorative painter working with many of London’s leading interior designers. Although not formally trained, this is where I learnt my craft, to understand the use of colour, paint & materials.

I have painted ever since and built an enviable reputation for gutsy colourful abstracted work.


I start with simple drawings of shapes and blocks of colour, that often resemble everyday items or a simplified landscape. 

Each painting becomes a journey, starting with an idea that rarely survives for long as thick layers of impastoed paint are built up, scraped back, reworked, and repainted until eventually the work is resolved.


To quote the British illustrator and commentator Ralph Steadman:

The paint itself is also an object – it is subject to its own motivation, rules and dynamic which the artist must overcome, ignore or amplify’.

This in so many ways express so much the ‘why and what’ of how I work.


Ultimately, I hope my work brings a little something in this troubled world that is genuinely my own.

It is undoubtably distilled and inspired by many 20th century modernists that include:

 The French Fauvists, the British & Cornish Schools including William Scott, Paul Feiler, Patrick Heron and Roger Hilton.

Also, huge admirer of the American Expressionist movement, in particular Rothko, De Kooning and the wonderful Californian painter Richard Diebenkorn.  More recently I have fallen under the poetic spell of the tragic Russian/French painter Nicolas de Staël, something which is becoming evident in my newer work.


British buyers are the mainstay for sales  but with an increasing interest from USA and Australia in recent years.

Selling  worldwide including 

  The USA, Australia, Europe & UK.

Prices are quoted in GBP & USD

( subject to exchange rates ) 

Represented by 

The Brian Sinfield Gallery 

British Art Portfolio 

Little Buckland Gallery 

The Compton Gallery 


 Brian Sinfield Gallery 2021-2,  The Compton Gallery 2021 , D Contemporary, Grafton Street. Mayfair, British Art Portfolio  2- 3 shows per year since 2012.  Buckland Gallery – Broadway 2017/21 .  St John’s College Oxford 2014 – London Life – Dynamic Art 2011. ROI & RBA – Mall Galleries occasionally in early 1990’s. Addison Ross Gallery – Chelsea 1994. Charles Mayes Gallery – Pimlico 1992, Stour Gallery Summer Exhibition 2011-16, Brass Monkey Group 2011, Chadlington, Stour Gallery Winter Exhibition 2009 /10 /11/ 12 /13/14, Brass Monkey Group 2009, Asthall Manor, Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge 2008, Brass Monkey Group 2008, Idlicote Art from 2000-2012, Illmington Manor Warwickshire Arts Week 2006 /2008/and many many more…..

Prices range  between  £500.00 - £5,000.00