Lin Kerr explores and exploits oil paints in layers of scratching back and adding marks, using a variety of tools and often just fingers or a palette knife to manipulate the paint. She often works over a background of text which is physically integrated yet stylistically juxtaposed adding contemplation. All her landscapes, often understated and generic. originate from her observation, usually from Oxfordshire.
Her work ranges in size from 20cm x 20cm up to 100cm in length.
Sometimes she goes back to her old favourite still life themes in vase and bottle paintings in oils, depicting glass and reflections. These explore the object in a quiet, shallow space, often giving the vase a museum-like sense of presence.
Her background is deeply rooted in fine arts, and after many years in calligraphy and graphic design, she has recently returned to her first love of oil painting. Her graphic design / calligraphic teaching took her to all parts pf the UK, Belgium and South Africa. She is one of the better known British Calligraphers.
Lin is a compulsive recorder of musings and thoughts about her medium and materials, and these are expressed in her blog. The Limetrees Newsletter gives photographic updates on workshops and current art events.
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Lin currently gives oil painting workshops on still life and landscape at:
- Limetrees Studio
- Ardington School of Art and Craft
- Oxford Summer School
Prizes & Accolades:
- She has won many prizes and awards for her calligraphy.
- Award in International Grote Prijs, Belgium, 2002
- Pythagoras QED is in the permanent collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
- Fine arts degree majoring in Art History and Oil Painting
- Teachers degree
- Distinctions in CLAS gilding and CLAS Italics
Lin has always produced art for as long as she can remember. She trained at Wits University in fine arts and as an Art teacher through UNISA. Dave and Lin moved to the United Kingdom in 1998 from Cape Town, South Africa. They live in Oxfordshire with their Westie, Islay, and a grey cat called Misty.