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Janette Kerr
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Kerr is not somebody who makes meticulous studies of landscape. With a nod towards the Romantic tradition in landscape painting, her practice remains nevertheless contemporary and experimental. Beyond mere topography, Kerr's paintings embody responses to the elemental. Delighting in sudden and unpredictable changes in the weather, she is very much a painter of the British landscape a foul weather painter who enjoys being out in, and working from the landscape when it's wet, dark and moody. Charcoal drawings and paintings made onsite become the basis for larger work on canvas painted in the studio.
Kerr's current preoccupation with the sea has taken her from the coasts of South Wales and Dorset (where she grew up), to the Isle of Skye, Northumbria, and the Ring of Kerry, Ireland. It was by the sea that she initially began to paint outdoors sitting on rocks close to the water and rapidly making small paintings on boards.
In September 2004 a trip to Ireland sparked a productive period of painting. The work that emerged during this period reflects time spent walking and absorbing the landscape around County Kilkenny and the nearby coast. Working in situ she produced a series of small paintings; these were painted mostly on Rinn Duáin, an exposed peninsular area on the south east coast. Others were made from the barns of the farmhouse she stayed in, whilst gazing up at the clouds and the large black crows flying constantly across the surrounding hills. Summer 2005 found her on the far north of the Isle of Skye, (leading to a series of paintings based on drawings made whilst crossing from Skye to Harris). During latter part of January 2006 Kerr was a resident artist at the Cill Rialaig International Art Centre/Retreat, situated on a small wild and windy peninsula on the edge of the sea in the Ring of Kerry, S Ireland. Back in her studio in Somerset she has since been working from the mass of paintings and drawings accumulated whilst roaming the hills and cliffs of Bolus Head.
Showing work in numerous exhibitions across the UK, Janette Kerr has had solo shows with St Giles Gallery (Norwich), Adam Gallery (Bath & London), Anthony Hepworth Fine Art (Bath), and the Hartnoll Gallery (London). In 2009 she has forthcoming solo exhibitions at Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, London, and Origin Gallery, Dublin.

Awards include: Windle Trust Bursary (2000), David Murray Studentship Award for landscape painting, RA Schools (1999), Grizedale Forest Art Fellowship, Ruskin/Colle Verde Travel Bursary (1996), 1st prize SW Laing Landscape Art (1995). Janette Kerr has been a resident artist in the Neath Valley, Tuscany, and Coleford, and more recently at Cill Rialaig International Artists & Writers Retreat (S Ireland, 2006 & 2008). In 2010 she will spend a month as a resident artist in a studio on the Shetland Islands.

In 2008 she curated a major show 'Night: A Time Between' for the RWA, editing and contributing to its catalogue.

Publications about her work include: featured artist - Janette Kerr in RWA Friends Magazine, Spring 2008; Fifty Wessex Artists, Evolver Books; In House Twice - Artists’ book, Wild Conversations Press 2000; featured artist - Janette Kerr in The Painter’s Eye in Art Review 1999.