Painting, Public Art, Sign Writing, Typography
Tristan Kerr’s influences include typography, urban art, contemporary public artwork and the revival of the decorative arts movement of hand sign-painting. His passion for typography was sparked whilst working abroad in Switzerland and Paris, where he saw many styles influenced by cultures and ethnicities such as store-fronts for African Hair Salons or Creperies, ripped wheatpaste Metro posters to vibrant colours from graffiti.
His visual artwork is a direct response to the environment, with his subject matter of mark-makings, sign-painting and torn billboards referencing street art and urban culture. Tristan works in visual communication which allows him to combine traditional design methods and a digital practice. He moves seamlessly between the two, integrating hand sign-painting and typography with digital production processes. His commissions span from hand-painted advertisements for Penfold’s Wine and urban art murals for Redbull Music Academy to illustration for Hermés, Paris.
2017, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, AUS
2012, Store Front, Magazine Gallery, SA, AUS
2011, World Famous Ghetto Burger, Magazine Gallery, SA, AUS
2010, Enjoy Tasty Treats, Magazine Gallery, SA, AUS
2016, Louder than Letters, Lord Gladestone, Sydney, AUS
2016, Brixton show, Backwoods Gallery, Melbourne, AUS
2015, Past Present Future, Art Images Gallery, SA, AUS
2015, Graphaunutes, Paris, FR
2015, Business As Usual, London, UK
2014, Historia, Adelaide Town Hall, SA, AUS
2013, Sign of the times, Monday Week Gallery, Melbourne, AUS
2013, Sign Painters do it best, Annex Cafe, SA, AUS
2012, I have a theme, Magazine Gallery, SA, AUS
2011, Paper thin, Colours By Numbers gallery, NSW, AUS
2010, Pipe-Up Skateboards, Paperhorse Studio, Adelaide, AUS
2006, Viscom Graduate Show, University of South Australia, AUS
2003 - 2006, Bachelor of Visual Communication and graphic design, UNISA
2006, Apprenticeship in Screen-print, Friebourg, Switzerland
2016, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Good Weekend, Arts & Culture Issue, Cover illustration
2016, Outdoor mural, Commissioned by Adelaide City Council, Adelaide, AUS
2016, Indoor mural, Commissioned by WeWork NY, Sydney, AUS
2016, Outdoor mural, Commissioned by Fringe Festival, Adelaide, AUS
2015, Outdoor mural, Commissioned by Adelaide City Council, Adelaide, AUS
2015, Outdoor murals, Commissioned by Redbull, NSW, AUS
2015, Outdoor Signage restoration, Commissioned by Renewal SA, Adelaide, AUS
2015, Outdoor Mural, Commissioned by Wonderwalls street art festival, Adelaide, AUS
2015, Outdoor Mural, Commissioned by La Buvette bar, Adelaide, AUS
2014, Indoor Mural, Commissioned by Bank Street Social, Adelaide, AUS
2013, Outdoor Mural, Commissioned by Adelaide City Council, Adelaide, AUS
2011, Outdoor Mural, Commissioned by Adelaide City Council, Adelaide, AUS
Tristan Kerr x Rhymes Dejour
01 Feb 2018
Tristan Kerr has teamed up with typographer Rhymes Dejour to complete a large-scale 50 metre commission in Prahran, Melbourne.
Tristan Kerr | Fund My Neighbourhood
01 Nov 2017
VOTE NOW to help fund Australia's first Contemporary Aboriginal Silo Art project.
An artist collective headed by South Australian Typographer & Artist Tristan Kerr has applied to the Fund My Neighbourhood initiative which gives communities the chance to put forward their best ideas to improve their neighbourhood.
The ‘Wilurara’ in Streaky Bay: More than a silo art project! is an artist led initiative advocating for acknowledgement and reconciliation of Indigenous groups on the Eyre Peninsula. The group aims to collaborate with the broader community by initiating an inclusive community engagement strategy.
Tristan Kerr Typography | Uppercase Studio
25 Oct 2017
Tristan Kerr’s new site Uppercase Studio is now live! Uppercase is Tristan’s latest project, which encompasses his new studio practice and increasingly diverse type-focused work in identity, typeface development, signage and packaging.
Tristan Kerr Typography | Wai Project Video
03 Jul 2017
Tristan Kerr has released a video documenting the Wai Project in Ceduna, South Australia. The project consisted of an experimental skills development workshop, along with an 18 metre Public Art Mural in the heart of the town, investigating traditional 'Western' Sign-painting and letter construction principles with 'Indigenous' language, mark-making, symbolism and story telling. The project was coordinated by Ceduna Aboriginal Arts Centre with 3 established Aboriginal artists based in native Wirangu country.
First Coat 2017
19 May 2017
Tristan Kerr has been selected as an artist to be apart of the International Mural festival 'First Coat' starting next week in Toowoomba QLD next week. A sister festival of the award winning Design Conference in Brisbane. Tristan's has been selected to cover one of the larger walls covering 170 square metres. It comes shortly after his 3 week stint in Ceduna installing another large contemporary typographic mural with Local Aboriginal Artists.
WAI - this is us!
15 Mar 2017
Tristan Kerr has started a 2 week residency project in Ceduna with 3 local Aboriginal artists Colette Gray, Sherrie Jones and Jenine Gray to create a 10 metre wall mural. The project Wai is an initiative of Ceduna Aboriginal Arts and Culture Centre as part of a series of upcoming projects to engage the community through experiencing and making art. This project aims to explore the Aboriginal ‘urban’ artists of Ceduna’s connection to culture through art, text and language. The project also focuses on skill development and mentorship for the participating artists in areas of graphic design, layout and text.
Tristan Kerr x Coopers Alehouse
01 Feb 2017
I’m really excited to release this film documenting 9 months of working with Coopers Brewery. The film is a condensed recap on the hundreds of hours work put into the various hand-painted and gold-leaf installations across South Australia
Artwork by Tristan Kerr - tristankerr.com.au
Brand development by @studioband - studioband.com.au
Film produced by Tash McCammon -tajmcc.com