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Brian Kerr

Works of Art in Metal

".. . the function of art is not to fill museums, but to meet and refine the needs of daily living.. ."

Armed with that statement, made by his father, Brian Kerr has accepted the familial mantle handed down to him by his father, his father's father and his father's grandfather—that of producing beautiful and wondrous works of art from the earth's natural materials.

To say that Brian Kerr comes by his artistic ability naturally, only accounts for part of his story. Artists are born and not raised. And yet to Kerr, the influences on him as a young lad were undeniable. His father, Dr. Harold Kerr, a noted Chicago sculptor, was creating large metal sculptures in the driveway of his home as young Brian came home from school. His grandfather and great grandfather before him were involved in the creation of objects from metal and Kerr still has, and proudly displays, a copper kettle from Oslo, Norway made by his great grandfather—a symbol which tethers him to the artistic continuum- he has inherited.

"... as far back as I can remember, there was metal sculpture in the house," Kerr says, "my father never 'went away to work'. It was not uncommon to come home after school and find ... people browsing through the gallery, which was a portion of our house. . . "

What constitutes the artistic mien of an artist is impossible to define. But to Kerr, it must have had something to do with his move to Lake Superior in the the early 1970's. After years of studying metallurgy and sculpting—including a five year internship to the eminent Dr. Kerr himself—Kerr made the move to Bayfield, Wisconsin. He feels, and his work seems to reflect, that the proximity to the second largest fresh water lake in the world has a palpable effect on his life, and hence, his art. To behold his work is to understand that. next page

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Kerr Studio & Gallery

21 Front St., Bayfield, WI

715.779.5790

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21 Front St., Bayfield, WI

715.779.5790

artmail@kerrart.com

Kerr Studio & Gallery