Hugh Kerr: Statement
My work is a cerebral, politically aware form of surrealism. My desire to paint stems from a need to capture the fleeting imagery created by my subconscious. I use this imagery as metaphor to express thoughts on a range of issues affecting our society, be they political, social, economic or environmental. The imagery and the metaphor often emerge simultaneously. I developed the work iteratively through thumbnails, illustrations, rough paintings and more developed works. I have sought to continually improve my core technical skills of oil painting and, more recently, drawing with pen and ink, allowing more effective and absorbing communication of my ideas.