Tiko Kerr was born and raised in Alberta. He lived abroad and travelled extensively before returning to Canada to make his new home in Vancouver.
Over his career as an artist, Kerr has been devoted to painting his environment, both natural and man-made. “There is much mystery and wonder in familiar things we may dismiss as ordinary. All things have spirit and rhythm”, says Kerr. His vibrant paintings of urban Vancouver landmarks and rich natural landscape continue to be the artist’s most recognized works.
Since 1981, Kerr has produced a number of solo exhibits of both national and international scope, as well as participated in many group exhibitions and cultural collaborations. He has completed many commissions and his work is included in numerous corporate collections. Locally his work can be viewed at GM Place, YVR International Airport, Bryan Adams’ Warehouse Studios, the Mark James Group of Restaurants, Gallo Wines, Intrawest Corporation, Belkorp Industries and many other corporate and private collections. His images have been used by the BC Children’s Hospital Holiday Greeting Card Campaign, the Vancouver Opera Society, the Vancouver Symphony, as well as the Vancouver Fireworks Society.
In the early 1990’s Kerr’s conversations with the painter Jack Shadbolt lead him to introduce into his work totems and other imagery of the First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest. Kerr’s visits to ancient villages and summers on Hornby Island brought him into intimate contact with nature, which was reflected in the iconic images of trees and weathered stumps that he produced over the next decade.
In describing his work, Doris Shadbolt states that Kerr is less concerned with the physical structure of his subjects and more involved with “the amalgam of sensory data which emanates from them in his perception.” She follows by stating that Kerr’s way of seeing things is “in the spirit of Van Gogh and Soutine,” and that his images have a “striking spectral beauty, reminiscent of the German-Swiss artist Arnold Bocklin.