Illingworth (Buck) Kerr

Illingworth Holey Kerr was born in Lumsden, Sask. in 1905. Kerr attended Central Technical School, Toronto, and Ontario College of Art. He also studied at Westminster School of Art, London, in 1936 and, returning to Canada, taught at Vancouver School of Art (1945-47). In 1947 he became director of the art department ( 1947-1967)of the Provincial Institute of Technology in Calgary (now ACAD). His early landscape style reflects the influence of Lawren Harris in his long, curving brush strokes and emphasis on design. He applied paint heavily, giving relief to an otherwise flat, spatial quality in his work. In later works Kerr used a broken brushstroke style that creates visual tension to counteract this 2-dimensionality. Named to the Order of Canada in 1983, he was given a retrospective exhibition ("Harvest of the Spirit") at 9 major public galleries in 1985. He died in Calgary in 1989.

Available artwork: 
End of Snow  by Illingworth (Buck) Kerr
End of Snow
signed and dated 1980 on verso 
Oil on Canvas, 18 x 24
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Foothills Road, Spring by Illingworth (Buck) Kerr
Foothills Road, Spring
signed, titled on verso
Oil on Canvas, 22 x 30
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Untitled (Mountain Lake) by Illingworth (Buck) Kerr
Untitled (Mountain Lake)
Oil on Board, 10 x 12
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Mormon Lake - Evening Light by Illingworth (Buck) Kerr
Mormon Lake - Evening Light
Oil on Board, 11.5 x 17.75
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Turning Doe  by Illingworth (Buck) Kerr
Turning Doe
Signed with a monogram lower left, Reference: the artist travelled to London in 1960/61 to paint and in Paint and Circumstance, Chapter 9, the artist talked about this time period and the series of paintings relating to music and colour he did in...
Oil on Panel, 16 x 12
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Untitled (The Gravel Quarry, Lumsden) by Illingworth (Buck) Kerr
Untitled (The Gravel Quarry, Lumsden)
Oil on Canvas, 19 x 29
Loch Gallery, Calgary
Illingworth (Buck) Kerr
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