Experimental contemporary artist Janette Kerr explores the boundaries between what is felt and what is seen in wild windswept places. She is celebrated for her paintings of the far North and Arctic and spends as much time as she can painting in the Shetland Isles. This exhibition includes works from both Shetland and her time at the Nes International Art Residency, Skagaströnd, NW Iceland in 2020. She paints the weather, sea, light, ice and wind, the more energetic the better, working both outside en plein air and in the studio. Her fascination extends to the people who live and have confronted the elements in the places she paints and although they only rarely appear in her paintings, their stories add to the thrilling experiences her paintings convey.
Janette Kerr, in my estimation, is the best painter of the sea in these islands… one of her greatest assets is the quality of her brushwork, … it is dynamic and suggestive, and has an organic life of its own.
BRIAN FALLON 2012, CHIEF CRITIC OF THE IRISH TIMES AND LITERARY EDITOR, 1977-1988