Donald A. Kerr Figurative Abstract Painting

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Donald A. Kerr Figurative Abstract Painting

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47"h x 61"w

Donald A. Kerr (American, 20th century), "Seesaw," 1960, oil on canvas.
Artist signed lower right; museum label with artist name and title affixed verso,
Deaccessioned from the Nevada Museum of Art, E.L. Wiegand Gallery, Reno, Nevada; Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Elmer and Mary Rusco.
Education: MFA Ohio State University.
Teaching post at the University of Nevada, Reno Art Department. There, Kerr developed the “Flash Lab,” an innovative approach to art instruction. As Keer describes in his curriculum statement:
“The "Flash Lab" method of teaching the elementary fundamentals of drawing, a system based on the psychology of perception, the behavioral sciences, and the biological sciences, was developed to help correct common errors which beginning students make, such as inability to generalize, lack of proportional relationships, miss-judgement due to depth, poor brightness discrimination, and little sense of unity or composition.”
Kerr’s focus on formalistic issues in art production and instruction appear in his own work which explicitly addresses the picture plane and illusion of depth with an exploration of that most three dimensional of subjects-the seesaw.
Kerr offers a masterful handling of color and light with Wayne Thiebaud like flourishes of resonant hues and a loose, relatively informal handling of anatomy similar to David Park’s expressionistic figures.
Though based in Nevada, Kerr’s work-to a remarkable degree-shows kinship with the Bay Area art scene. He offers collectors, familiar with the bay area figurative legacy, an interesting alternative vision combined with a number of stylistic parallels.

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