Exhibitions

My painting looks at New Zealand’s history and landscape. Three exhibitions have looked at the landscape through the eyes of New Zealand scientists, these were: Some of The Field Evidence, which looked at the life and work of Leslie Adkin. Charles Fleming Hears The Kokako Sing which visualised Fleming’s campaign to save the native forest of the Mamaku Plateau and The Man Who Moved New Zealand which examined the geologist Harold Wellman’s work on The Alpine Fault. Two important exhibitions have also looked at dissent in our history. The Rua Expedition dealt with the police invasion of Rua Kenana’s community at Maungapohatu in 1916 and Number One Field Punishment examined Archibald Baxter’s opposition to military conscription.


The River of Salt Water Where we Landed. Idiom Studio, Wellington, 1999


Some of The Field Evidence – Paintings based on the Diaries of Leslie Adkin. Idiom Studio, Wellington, November 2000
Manawatu Art Gallery, August – September 2001


Bob Kerr – New Paintings, Idiom Studio, Wellington, August 2001


Bob Kerr – New Paintings, Idiom Studio, Wellington, October 2002


Boundary lines, McPherson Gallery, Auckland, 2003


The Rua Expedition
Whakatane Museum and Art Gallery, November – December 2003
Rotorua Museum of Art and History, December – February 2004
Idiom Studio, Wellington, February – March 2004
Waikato Museum of Art and History, March – May 2004


New Paintings by Bob Kerr, McPherson Gallery, Auckland, June 2004


South Coast, Idiom Studio, Wellington, November 2004


You are Here, McPherson Gallery, Auckland, June 2005


The River, Idiom Studio, Wellington, November 2005


Charles Fleming Hears The Kokako Sing, McPherson Gallery, Auckland, July 2006, Rotorua Museum of Art and History, May 2007


Waiting For The Grader-man, Milford Galleries, Queenstown, November – December 2006


Moving Right Along, Idiom Studio, Wellington, December, 2006


Coming into Land, McPherson Gallery, Auckland, June – July 2007


Number One Field Punishment – Archibald Baxter’s Opposition to Military Conscription, Milford Galleries, Dunedin, August – September 2008


The Man Who Moved New Zealand – Harold Wellman and The Alpine Fault,
Bowen Galleries, Wellington, August – September 2008


Hell Here Now - The Gallipoli Diary of Alfred Cameron,
The Rotorua Museum of Art and History, April – May 2009
Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, March – May 2010


Hell Here Now. A musical interpretation of Bob Kerr’s painting with Slava Fainitski, Violin, Catherine McKay, piano and Brenton Veitch, cello and readings from Alfred Cameron’s diary by Robin Kerr. 22nd April – 25th April 2010. Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures.


Capital Times. A group show with Geoffrey Notman, Barbara Strathdee, Ans Westra, Neil Pardington, Ann Shelton, Bob Kerr. Suite Gallery, Wellington. 21st May - 26th June 2010


The Three Wise Men of Kurow. Enjoy Public  Art Gallery, 147 Cuba St. Wellington. 21st and 22nd of March 2011. 


The Rocky Barron Hills. Suite Gallery, Oriental Parade. 24th November until the 12th of December.

Hell Here Now - The Gallipoli diary of Alfred Cameron. Whitespace Contemporary Art. 12 Crummer Rd. Ponsonby, Auckland. 17th of April until the 6th of May 2012.

Gold Strike. Waihi Arts Centre and Museum opening on Sunday November the 11th and running until to the 25th of November. The Rotorua Museum from 13 April – 30 June 2013, and then at Whitespace Gallery, 12 Crummer Rd. Ponsonby, Auckland during July 2013.


Number One Field Punishment. Tauranga Art Gallery, Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Sunday, June 8, 2014. Paintings about Mark Brigs and Archibald Baxter with a soundscape by Wellington musician Andrew Laking.


The Three Wise Men of Kurow. MacAtamney Gallery, Old Post Office Building, 47/49 Talbot St. Geraldine. 12th of October until the 17th of December 2014.

It Was The Fun of The World - Tim Armstrong writes to his children from Lyttelton jail. Whitespace Contemporary Art, Auckland. 8th of September - 27th September 2015.


Empire City: Songs about Wellington. Paintings for Andrew Laking's CD and book published by VUP and Pirate and Queen. Launched at Wellington Museum, 17th. September 2015.

Most of the paintings from the above exhibitions are now held in private collections in New Zealand and overseas, perhaps my best-known painting is on the cover of Michael King’s Penguin History Of New Zealand.

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