Susanne Kerr lives in Wellington. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Canterbury University in 2000. She exhibits with Milford Galleries in Dunedin and Queenstown. Her work has been included in public shows at the Dowse Gallery in Wellington, Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua, Wallace Arts Trust in Auckland, Hastings City Art Gallery and Auckland Art Fair. She has been a finalist in numerous art awards in NZ, including the Wallace Art Awards and the NZ Painting and Printmaking Award, and was resident artist for 3 months in 2012 on Waiheke Island. She has work held in public and private collections in NZ, and private collections throughout Australia, America, Asia and Europe.
Milford Galleries, Dunedin & Queenstown, New Zealand
"I am an observer; a watcher. Don’t get me wrong, I love people and interacting with them but after a time I need space - time alone. Time to create, draw, read, and be still within myself. I am naturally curious, and this attribute directs my art and the threads it takes. I appreciate art of the east and its aesthetics - an appreciation developed while studying Japanese woodblock prints at art school. I love the colours, the complexity of line, and the exquisite use of negative space. These attributes have slowly filtered into my own work, becoming an anchor point as new work is explored and assessed. This occupation isn't for the faint-hearted, and those who pursue a career in the creative sector have qualities of obsession and resilience, and also the good fortune of the support of friends and family to pick them up and dust them off when they occasionally collapse in a heap. I have been fortunate to have my husband and sister as my biggest champions throughout the years. They, along with many others have encouraged and supported, and for this I am thankful."