Portfolio: Tim Kerr
"Your Name Here"
"Monofonus Press did a reissue of the book that Altamont did of my art for me, 'Your Name Here.' I did an interview here in town to help Monofonus out for the release and requested [photographer] Sandy [Carson] if they needed photos. This was from 2011 or 2012 and taken in the "studio." I am pretty sure this is the photo they ended up using for the cover." -- Tim Kerr
"A painting of [1930s and '40s Negro League baseball player] Josh Gibson on a heavy wood cabinet door. It's probably about four feet by two feet. I always say 'mixed media' because it's usually everything from house paint to markers." -- Tim Kerr
Tim Kerr, creating in his studio space in Austin, Texas. "Music, art, skating, surfing -- whatever you are doing, [it's] all self-expression and it should not have boundaries," he encourages.
"My friend Dan Higgs' hands along with an amazing poem he wrote after a late night of me and him staying up to solve world problems. This is the drawing I used for the Animals and Children [skate]board. This one is another smaller cabinet door, but just as heavy as the others. Mixed media, three feet by 1.5 feet?" -- Tim Kerr
"For the last seven years, I have been playing Irish music on the button accordion, and the last five years, old-time on the banjo. When the reissue came out for the ['Your Name Here'] book here in Austin [Texas], we had a pop-up art show with friends and a big old-time session and square dance at the Monofonus compound. Gotta do that again! This shot is when it was all over and I had now been playing some Irish tunes with a friend." -- Tim Kerr
"Me painting Rosa Parks. This one is on Masonite and [is] probably three feet by two feet plus. Must have been sort of cold that day and that's why I have on that crazy hat (smile). There is a great quote where Rosa Parks is saying 'I was one of many.'" -- Tim Kerr
"Every Monday morning, friends come over and we play Irish tunes here at the house/studio. We suspended [photographer] Sandy [Carson] in the air for this shot! I am playing a bouzoukie in this photo. Watch what you say if you are trying to bring one of those on a plane." -- Tim Kerr
"I grow beards really quick, so I have them, then I don't have them. My wife Beth says I look like a crazy bum when I have one, and lo and behold, here I am in the Fairdale Roger bike commercial playing a crazy bum!" -- Tim Kerr
"Me [at right] and Jerry Hagins recording for the release of 'Up Around The Sun' that Monofonus is putting out this spring (2013). Super excited about this project." -- Tim Kerr
Words to live by
Inspirational phrasing on the walls of Kerr's home studio.
"T. Model and Spam -- the real deal when it comes to blues, and if you haven't heard them ... well, your really big loss. They came to our house! Thanks to our friend Sweet Dog. That's another story (big smile). This one is on cardboard and will be in L.A. (two feet by one foot?)." -- Tim Kerr
Gulf Coast style
"I grew up surfing, so skating was/is always an extension of that." -- Tim Kerr
Roland Kirk & Claudette Colvin
"[Musician] Roland Kirk on another one of those cabinet doors. There is a really great short with Roland Kirk and John Cage on YouTube that everyone should see. Claudette Colvin is painted on Masonite (three feet by two feet). She would not give up her bus seat nine months before Rosa Parks; read about her and others. As Rosa says, 'I was one of many.' Indeed." -- Tim Kerr
"I don't paint on canvas because I just think it's more interesting to paint on found objects and recycled materials like cardboard or old maps, etc. I got talked into doing this piece on canvas. It's probably six feet by almost five [feet]. They ended up thinking it was too controversial and did not take it. I am proud of it and its message. I have a show coming up in October 2013 at the university in Birmingham, Ala., and I am wanting to donate this to the civil-rights museum there if they will have it." -- Tim Kerr
"My friend Oliver has been wanting to do a show with me of painted skateboards. I started going over to the local skate shop, Apparition, and kept getting old, used boards in sets of three, so [I] started doing these series. This is the photographers one. When the whole bands/music journey started up, I sort of dropped the camera but still always saw things that would make great photos to me. Sort of the same way that once you start skating, you never see what's around you the same way." -- Tim Kerr
"The soul series, with two from the writers series on the floor. One of my favorite books (and film) of all time is Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird.'" -- Tim Kerr
"Plates in my left arm in '76 skating an empty pool in Bastrop [Texas], plates on my right wrist in [the] late '90s skating the Turkey Bowl ditch, rod down my left leg from playing guitar in Total Sound Group in the early 2000s .... Yep, still skating (smile)." -- Tim Kerr
[Avant-garde jazz saxophonist] Albert Ayler once said that [John] Coltrane was the father, Pharaoh was the son and he was the Holy Ghost." -- Tim Kerr
"Another version of [jazz musician] Roland Kirk, this time on a heavy paper-stock map. Might be four feet by three feet. This one will be at the L.A. show along with paintings of the other people used for the Stereo boards on the same sorts of maps. I generally start with a drawing that I feel strong about and if I really like it, will do all sorts of variations on it." -- Tim Kerr
Tim Kerr examines his painting of Howard Finster, done on the same heavy-stock map as his portrait of Roland Kirk.
"Woody Guthrie on an old-school map of Oklahoma. I circled where he was from and wrote the verse of 'This Land Is Your Land' that they NEVER teach you in school." -- Tim Kerr
Gil Scott-Heron & Lou Gehrig
"Gil Scott and Lou Gehrig on cardboard. I paint people that had some sort of impact on me, and these two certainly did. Both are small paintings and will be in L.A." -- Tim Kerr
"I spent a good portion of the '90s and early 2000s with this guy, Mike Vasquez, at his Sweatbox studios [in Austin, Texas], recording bands. This was the new version of the place after the old burned down. This was probably taken a couple of years ago. Mike is now just outside of Portland [Ore.]." -- Tim Kerr