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Greg Kerr - "Masaccio"
Oil on canvas
W: 1000mm x H: 1000mm x D: 40mm
Approx. Weight: 4kg
This work is unframed
(with the artist)
Reduced from a much larger work, this head and shoulders gave more of the imposing, lowering form of the bull than had the full body. I pushed the background back with dark tones of green and paynes grey to give the figure as much drama as possible. The decorative colour and texturing on the animal, especially on the head, is one of the reasons I like to paint these creatures. The name, Masaccio is a deferential nod to the great Florentine painter. It is a nickname meaning, "Hulking Tom". I like the way my bull hulks.
Gregory Kerr: Born in 1949 and educated at Wits University, Johannesburg College of Education, Unisa and the University of Georgia. Was involved in formal art education from 1973 till 2000 when he resigned from his post as Professor in Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. Since then has been painting full time and giving private art tuition to specialist groups in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Plettenberg Bay and Port Elizabeth. His work ranges from the satirical (small drawings done in informal situations) to the monumental (large paintings of people and animals). Represented in numerous private and corporate collections in South Africa and abroad.
Eighteen solo exhibitions since 1982. Most recent at I-Art, Cape Town and David Brown, Johannesburg in 2008. Numerous group exhibitions. Upcoming solo exhibitions at Knysna Fine Arts (19 February - early March, 2010 Pastel paintings) and Grand Provence, Franschhoek (8 August - 8 September, 2010 Oil paintings).
BA (Hons) English Literature; BA (Fine Arts); H.E.D., Ph.D.
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