Oil on canvas painting of yellow roses and fruit in a blue vase, 18" by 24" (27" by 33" in original frame), signed at lower left and signed again and titled "Yellow Roses & Fruit" on reverse, along with the artist's then-address at 330 South Coast Blvd. (now called South Coast Highway) in Laguna Beach, California. This is an excellent example of Kerr's work, likely dating to the 1960's when he had a gallery in Laguna before moving to Mendocino County in Northern California. Kerr was born in Pennsylvania and served in the Navy in Japan, where he was an illustrator. He apprenticed for four years to the noted still life painter Leon Franks, and this work shows that influence. Kerr also studied for a time with the noted impressionist Sergei Bongart. He lived in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for some time as well. While in Mendocino and Idaho, he taught art and at one point in his career, wrote a how-to book for the Walter T. Foster series. Some three dozen of Kerr's works were photographed and reproduced, and as a result, the prints (some textured prints) are widely distributed today. Sadly, Kerr committed suicide in early 1982 in his early forties, cutting short his successful art career. This painting is in excellent condition; old linen liner is foxed.
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