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Janette Kerr

Janette Kerr
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Janette Kerr is known for her paintings of the far North and High Arctic. Her direct experience of coastline, weather and oceanographic studies, push the boundaries between representation and abstraction.
'My process of making paintings involves extremes and
instabilities: peripheries and promontories - sites of instability
and unknowing, places of rapid change and shifts both
physically and meteorologically.' Janette Kerr
Kerr paints from her studios in Shetland, but often seeks out wilder and remoter experiences. Her residencies include NES International art residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland (2020), Arctic Circle Programme expedition (2016), and the Meteorological Institute, Bergen, Norway (2014). In 2022 she received funding from Creative Scotland for her project ‘Slow time, Fast Time’, living for 7 weeks in Oqaatsut, a remote Innuit settlement in Disko Bay, Greenland. During this residency she ran a solargraphic community project linking Shetland and Greenland through images and field recordings.
Kerr has a strong track record of initiating/working collaboratively, developing Confusing Shadow with Substance, film & sound installation on a Shetland fishing station (2017), setting up a sound walk using GPS technology on Stenness beach, Northmavine, with film & sound artist Jo Millett, and artists' collective Satsymph (2021)
Elected a Royal West of England Academy Academician in 2003 and RWA President (2011-16), she is an Honorary Royal Scottish Academician. Kerr exhibits widely in the UK and abroad; her work is represented in public and private
Selected CV 2022-2017
2023 Clifton Contemporary Gallery, Bristol
2022 Pittenweem Art Festival - lead artist.
Sladers Yard Contemporary Gallery, Bridport, Dorset
2021 Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire
2020 Cadogan Contemporary, London
2018 Slader’s Yard Gallery, Bridport;
Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire
Cadogan Contemporary, London
2017 ‘Arctic Air: an absolute difficult beauty’, RWA, Bristol

Group/invited, Projects
Tatha Gallery, Newport-on- Tay (forthcoming June )
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh (forthcoming May)
Royal Institute of painters in Watercolour - annual exhibition, Mall gallery, London
Clifton Contemporary, Bristol
Borrowed Land, Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
New English Art Club, Annual, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Scottish Academy Annual, Edinburgh
2 person exhibition, Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire
Beaux Art, Bath
Slow Time, solargraphic community project, Watchet, Somerset
Conversations between two landscapes, solargraphic community project, Unst Heritage Centre, Shetland
Discerning Eye, London
Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire
ARTeries Gallery, Glasgow
Annual Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
‘Northern Solargraph Exchange: conversation between two landscapes’ - images and field recordings, Mareel, Shetland
‘Confusing Shadow with Substance’ tour: Heritage Centre, Unst, Shetland; Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine; Easthouse, Burra, Shetland
Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
Slader’s Yard, Bridport
Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
‘Ling received: Fishermen of the far haaf’ sound walk, Stenness, Shetland.
‘Slow Time’ Somerset Solargraphic community project, Black Swan, Frome
‘Place Time Material’, Landlinks/Groundwork, Nailsworth
Cadogan Contemporary
‘Somerset Reacquainted’ - Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury
RWA Annual Exhibition, Bristol
John Davis Gallery, Moreton-in-Marsh
Slader's Yard, Bridport
Snjo?bylur yfir hafinu, Skagastro?nd, diptych 140x300cm
  • Janette Kerr
  • Snjo?bylur yfir hafinu, Skagastro?nd, diptych 140x300cm
  • Oil
 Sea state 7
  • Janette Kerr
  • Sea state 7
  • Oil
Shabbers Head, Brindister
  • Janette Kerr
  • Shabbers Head, Brindister
  • Oil
Sea state force 12 - Cresting waves and spray
  • Janette Kerr
  • Sea state force 12 - Cresting waves and spray
  • Oil
Fishermen of the north 6
  • Janette Kerr
  • Fishermen of the north 6
  • Drawing
Fishermen of the north 1
  • Janette Kerr
  • Fishermen of the north 1
  • Drawing
Oqaatsut, Greenland
  • Janette Kerr
  • Oqaatsut, Greenland
  • Mixed Media
Ice painting, Oqaatsut, Greenland
  • Janette Kerr
  • Ice painting, Oqaatsut, Greenland
  • Mixed Media