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Vernon Kerr

 (1938 - 1982)
Vernon L. Kerr was active/lived in California, Idaho.  Vernon Kerr is known for coastal landscape, still life and figure painting.

Vernon Kerr

Biography from the Archives of askART

Vernon Kerr, painter of luminous seascapes and landscapes as well as still life painter, worked in his own studio-gallery for twelve years in Mendocino, California, and then built another at Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where he lived for four years with his former wife and four children.

He came from an artistic background.  His mother was an accomplished pianist and also painted some beautiful florals in oil.  His father was an architect and published some poetry. V ernon taught many classes in art in Southern California and in Idaho. In Mendocino, he assembled a group of artists for Thursday evening sessions, where they drew from the live model.

As a teenager, Kerr followed the example of the Old Masters and apprenticed for four years to Leon Franks.  Later, after studies in the Orient as a Navy illustrator, in the Los Angeles Art Center, and with Sergei Bongart, Vernon operated his own art gallery in Laguna Beach, joined the Laguna Art Festival, and taught classes for several years. He and his family then moved near the salt-sprayed bluffs of Mendocino, California.

Vernon Kerr studied the Old Masters and believed in their discipline and versatility. His creations embraced seascape, landscape (including snow and desert), still-life, floral, portrait, figure and wildlife.  His ambition: Freedom to paint anything, anywhere, any time. "Painting is not fun unless I am learning something new, and Nature is my greatest teacher."

He has written a book for Walter T. Foster, No 183 How Vernon Kerr Paints Seascapes and Landscapes.  He also circulated fifty prints through three publishers, Haddad, Texas Press and International Art.


Biography from the Archives of askART
“Mr. Vernon Kerr was born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania. He trained with Mr. Leon Franks, well-known Laguna Beach artist and teacher. Mr. Kerr also studied and traveled in the Far East for two years. Recently he traveled over 9,000 miles in the United States covering 16 of the largest cities for research and development. His paintings are included in many public and private collections, which include a color reproduction in a Walter Foster art book and an art reproduction of one of his seascapes soon to be released. He has received numerous honors and awards for his marines, portraits, still life and florals. Mr. Kerr exhibits at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California, where he is now a resident artist. He also belongs to the Laguna Beach Art Association, American Institute of Fine Arts, and has been affiliated with the art clubs of the Southeast.” Source from Dec. 1962 Laguna Beach Art Association cat.

Source: Nancy Dustin Moure, "Publications in California Art No. 11 , Index to California Art Exhibited at the Laguna Beach Art Association, 1918-1972; 2015 edition"

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About  Vernon Kerr

Born:  1938
Died:   1982
Known for:  coastal landscape, still life and figure painting