Overview

Janette Kerr is a painter deeply embedded in place. She works at the interface between land, sea and historical experience. Drawn to the perimeters of land, her work is an index of edges and ledges, exposed headlands and wind-swept seas. Kerr is not somebody who makes meticulous studies of landscape. Beyond mere topography, but with a nod towards the Northern Romantic tradition in landscape painting, her practice remains contemporary and experimental. Her paint-splattered canvases evoke their subject so powerfully that the viewer becomes an active participant not only in her turbulent seascapes, but in the artistic process itself: action painting at its best. Swelling and breaking waves, advancing rain and mist, glancing sunlight, the focus of her painting is on the intangible and transitory. Called ‘the best painter of the sea in these islands’ by Brian Fallon, Chief Critic of the Irish Times, Kerr delights in foul weather.

 

‘My process of making paintings involves extremes and instabilities: peripheries and promontories – places of rapid change and shifts, both physically and meteorologically. They are about movement and the rhythms of sea and wind’. 

 

She works all over the British Isles although she has a particular fondness for the Shetland Islands, where she lives part of the year in a little cottage. She travels extensively - always to wild sea and weather-scoured places - whether sailing on a three-mast schooner off the coast of Svalbard, or attending an artist residency in Iceland. 

 

 

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Biography

Kerr has a PhD in Fine Art; she is an Honorary Royal Scottish Academician, Past President of the Royal West of England Academy of Art, and Visiting Research Fellow in Fine Art, UWE Bristol. She has been represented by Cadogan Contemporary since 2008 and has participated in group and solo exhibitions across the continent. Her works are held in numerous public and private collections including the Royal Collection and the collection of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.  

 

 
EDUCATION

2015-ongoing

 

Royal Scottish Academy Honorary Academician

 

 

Fellow of Royal Society of Arts 

2013-ongoing 

 

Visiting Research Fellow, Fine Art, UWE Bristol

2011-2016

 

Elected President of the Royal West of England Academy

 

 

Royal Academician Hon.

2003-ongoing

 

Elected RWA Academician 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2020

 

Cadogan Contemporary, London 

2012

 

Marine Research Institute, and Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Bergen, Norway

2011

 

World Meteorological Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

 

 

'Janette Kerr: Extreme Wave Theory', Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Isles

 

 

Royal Geographic Society, Kensington, London, UK

 

SELECTED GROUP AND INVITED EXHIBITIONS

2018

 

Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

2017

 

'Confusing Shadow with Substance', an installation by Janette Kerr & Jo Millett, Shetland Museum

2014-17

 

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

2012-16

 

Royal Academy Summer Show, London, UK

2003-17

 

Royal West of England Academy Annual Autumn Exhibition, Bristol, UK

 

    

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Royal Collection

Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Bergen, Norway

Dublin Office of Public Works

RWA Permanent Collection, Tallboys Bequest Bristol

Colle Verde Art Trust, Tuscany

Private collections world-wide

 

SELECTED AWARDS

2017

 

Creative Scotland – collaborative project: Confusing Shadow with Substance

2014

 

MET, Norway: funding to attend Extreme Wave International Conference

2012/10

 

Arts Council England – Professional Development & Research

2000

 

Windle Trust Bursary

1999

 

David Murray Studentship Award, Royal Academy Schools

1995

 

1st prize, Laing Landscape Art (SW)

 
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