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VERNON KERR (1938-1982) impressionist landscape painting winter birch

VERNON KERR (1938-1982) impressionist landscape painting winter birch

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1980: Item # 1427779
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A beautiful silvery-themed oil on Masonite painting of birch trees in a snowy winter landscape, by the noted California artist VERNON KERR (1938-1982). The work measures 20" by 16" (27 1/2" by 23 1/2" in silvery-goldish frame), is signed at lower left and signed again and titled "Winter Sleeping" on reverse, along with the artist's reference numbers and copyright statement. This is an excellent example of Kerr's work, likely dating to the 1960's or 1970's. Kerr had a gallery in Laguna Beach before moving to Mendocino County in Northern California. He 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. 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; frame has slight wear. There is a light fixture attached, and the buyer is welcome to that if so desired.