|"Turakina River Mouth"
120cm x 15cm, oil on board.
|Bob Kerr new paintings : paintings 23 August 16 September, 2001
"Kids don't have any trouble being loose in their painting, making big, confident marks. Thats what I want to get back to," says Wellington painter and renowned childrens book author Bob Kerr.
"The paintings are based on sketches I made travelling on the Cook Strait ferry year after year, and from the air, flying over the Bay of Plenty," Kerr says. Other works feature the Turakina sand dunes near Wanganui and the abstract patterning of woven flax.
For Kerr, this work is a continuation of the journey he began in 2000 with another exhibition titled Some of the Field Evidence, firstly at idiom then at the Manawatu Art Gallery in Palmerston North. For that exhibition, Kerr used the diaries and photographs of Levin farmer Leslie Adkin as starting-points to enter the Horowhenua landscape.
(Click here to download "Some of the Field Evidence " catalogue pdf file 956 kilobytes.)
"This time I don't have a historical figure to hold my hand," he says. "These new paintings are looser, and they show a bit more spontaneity."
Bob's next exhibition is scheduled for November 2002