Academicians Are Showing: Janette Kerr, Kurt Jackson

Here are some current and upcoming Academician shows from around the country…



Janette Kerr – ​States of Sea

Cadogan Contemporary, London. 13 to 30 October 2020

Sea state force 10 – Battling with the Janette Kerr RWA: Villains of Ure, 2020. oil on canvas. 120cmx190cm

Janette Kerr’s paint-splattered canvases evoke their subject so powerfully that the viewer becomes an active participant not only in her turbulent seascapes, but in the artistic process itself: action painting at its best.She works all over the British Isles although she has a particular fondness for the Shetland Islands, where she lives part of the year in a little cottage. She also regularly paints abroad – whether while travelling on a three mast schooner off the coast of Svalbard, or attending an artist residency in Iceland.

‘My paintings represent immediate responses to sound and silences within the landscape around me; they are about movement and the rhythms of sea and wind, swelling and breaking waves, spray merging with air, advancing rain and mist, glancing sunlight elements that seem to be about something intangible.’Janette Kerr

87 Old Brompton Road London SW7 3LD

Cadogan Contempory website




Kurt Jackson – A Prehistoric Cornwall

Jackson Foundation Gallery. Until February 2021.

Kurt Jackson RWA

This body of work sees Jackson visit the sites of prehistoric Cornwall and captures the county’s extraordinary range of ancient monuments with a new series of paintings and sculpture.

The landscape is full of these monuments. Some are obvious and picturesque – a stone circle – while others are incongruous, hidden and overlooked despite their size and historical significance; smothered by dual-carriageways, roundabouts and car dealerships.

All of these monuments are an important and integral part of the Cornish landscape as well as its culture, they are a piece of Cornish heritage.


“These are extraordinary places to visit, to draw and paint. As the eye, the hand, or the feet follow the features, the mind also wanders, trying to find meaning and explanation.” Kurt Jackson


Kurt Jackson RWA: Two bottling seals, Lankidden Fort. 2019


Jackson Foundation Gallery.

North Row, St Just, Cornwall, TR19 7LB.


Compiled by Laurel Smart


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