An artist in various forms over the years, Kerri left school at 18 and after completing a course in Graphic Design, Kerri began working for Ken Done as an Artist Assistant which then led to a career in advertising as a designer, typographer and illustrator.
It was when travelling around Australia many years later in a caravan with her very young family, Kerri realised a real connection with this amazing country. It was this experience that led her to take up painting and creating her first body of work.
Kerri’s use of colour is inspired by her love of Australia and it’s intense, textural and earthy palette, lending itself perfectly to her impressionist style. With drawing the foundation, her thoughtful and detailed ah approach creates an instant connection with the viewer.
Working with nostalgic objects, momentos and scenes that conjure up memories, voices, smells, moments in time, creating works that are full of warmth and emotion.
You will find Kerri’s work in public and private collections both internationally and nationally.
Kerri now lives and creates from her private studio in Maryborough, Queensland.
The things that inspire me are light, shadow, colour, texture and pattern. I love to weave all of these things into a painting if I can. I sometimes resolve paintings in my sleep and will wake with big ideas. I love the way a smell can transport me back in time to a memory. I collect objects that mean something to me. I am a mad sustainable gardener and have two pet chickens named Kath & Kim, I also keep bees which provide me with the wax for my home made bees wax paste for the timber frames I make from scratch. Certainly other artists inspire me, I am absolutely obsessed with Pierre Bonnard's work. I find I need to stay busy to stay inspired, consequently I am always exhausted.
Born out of necessity, I now frame my own work. After some extensive experimentation and research, I now produce a beautiful hand made bespoke, float frame with spline joins, hand finished in my home made bees wax polish, from wax extracted from our very own bee hives. All hand made with love.
2022 - Paddington Art Prize - Finalist
2022 - Lethbridge Art Award - Finalist
2022 - Doyles Art Award - Finalist
2016 - Cancer Council Breakthrough Art Festival - Packing Room Prize
2015 - Cooks Hill Galleries - We Get By - Finalist
2013 - Drummoyne Art Society - First prize
2013 - Drummoyne Art society - Commended
2012 - Art Of Sydney Awards - Finalist
2014 - Solo Exhibition 'Spirit' - Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Sydney
2014 - Solo Exhibition 'Original Drawings, Paintings and Prints' - Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Sydney
2014 - Solo Exhibition Boteca at Copo Cafe & Diner Sydney
2022 - Bird and Blooms - Sutton Village Gallery
2021 - Objets De La Ve - Grainger Gallery Canberra
2015 - Strokes of Fury Exhibition - Cooks Hill Art Galleries
2015 - We Get By Exhibition - Cooks Hill Art Galleries
2015 - Oak Hill Art In The Hills Exhibition
2015 - Art In The Hills Exhibition
2014 - Hunters Hill Pop Up Exhibiton - Balmain
2013 - The Riverbank Gallery, Canowindra
2013 - Studio W in Woolloomooloo Sydney
2016 - Kerri Kerley Pop Up Gallery
2016 - Indigenous Amazon Wall mural at Copo Cafe Drummoyne
2015 - 60 Thousand Years & Yarn Event contributor
2015 - 2 Day Workshop at Artworx Geelong
2015 - Artist of the Month of February for Leichhardt Council
2014 - Exhibiting member of The Royal Art Society NSW
2014 - Resident artist at One+2 Studios Balmain
2014 - Curator/exhibitor at Boteco at Copo Cafe & Diner Sydney