I spent ten years in the 1980’s as a decorative painter co-creating the partnership Kerr & Erskine. Clients included many of London’s top interior designers, the rich and famous. 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 have over the years built an enviable reputation for gutsy abstracted work.

To quote  the 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’ I paint.'

Through time my work has developed, and has gradually found its own voice.

An admirer of many the great 20th Century masters from Cezanne onwards, it is however from the British Schools that include William Scott, Paul Feiler, Patrick Heron and Roger Hilton that have greatest influence. More recently I have fallen under the spell of painter Nicolas de Staël something which is becoming evident in my more recent work. 

I paint in oil on board, working occasionally from pencil sketches, and complete in my studio.

British Art Portfolio – 2- 3 shows per year since 2012. St Johns College Oxford 2012 – London 
Life – Dynamic Art 2011. 
ROI & RBA – Mall Galleries occasionally in early 1990’s.
Addison Ross Gallery – Chelsea 1994.
Charles Mayes Gallery – Pimlico1992

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, Asthall Manor,
 Idlicote Art from 2000-2012, Little Buckland Gallery 2017/18, 
Illmington Manor Warwickshire Arts Week 2006 /2008/
and many many more…..

Should you wish to buy my  paintings, please email me.

Prices range  between  £300.00 - £2000.00

Owing to the Covid19 Crisis 

Exhibitions have been postponed or cancelled  but some paintings are available direct from me

All images copyrighted James Kerr 2020

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