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Kerron John was born on 7th November 1999, in Trinidad and Tobago. At a very early age of 7 years, his parents noticed that he had a love for art. He got his talent in visual artists from his mother, who studied art while in High School. He began looking at videos on youtube and reading a lot of art books, where he gained a lot of inspiration and looked up to many artists through art history ( Leonardo De Vinci, Michaelangelo, Rafael etc). At the age of 8, art was a hobby for him, where he casually drew when he felt like. Graphite and charcoal were his first medium that he used.
At Primary level/ Elementary, he attended San Juan Presbyterian Primary School. At the age of 9, he began to take part in art competitions for example; Powergen art competition, where he placed in the top 20, and was given the opportunity to have his work showcased on the walls of powergen, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He started an experimental journey in his work, where he incorporated other numerous mediums example, acrylic paint, watercolours, colour pencils and pastel. He was also exposed to different subject matters in his work. A bit of colour theory, human anatomy and other foundational work was taught to him while he worked on pieces for these art competitions. Not to mention, from taking part in these art competitions, he was able to come up with ideas and concepts, and get in the habit of creating several compositional sketches to better structure his work.He was able to take different themes and think of ways to express a theme in an artistic way. From partaking in these art competitions,he started to gain recognition in his school, as a talented artist, and also from family members. Through standard 1 to 5 he developed his skills more and more.
He then attended San Juan South Secondary school from form 1-5. In secondary school, is when he realized that art is truly his passion in life and his purpose in this world. From form 4 he became very diligent and serious about art, where he pushed himself to doing new things. He sat the CSEC exams in 2017, where he came 4th in the region in Visual Arts, and was awarded a Top Regional award for 2-Dimensional Art, together with a UWI regional scholarship at the Top Regional awards, hosted in St Kitts. He graduated from San Juan South Secondary being awarded the top art student award. At the end of CSEC, he began to make a social media presence, where he quickly gained clientele work. He then moved on to study at Fatima College to write the CAPE examinations. In his first year, he was exposed to clay sculpting. It was during his 2 years at Fatima where he started to lean more towards traditional figurative painting. In 2018, at the age of 19, he started exhibiting in art galleries in the area of Port of Spain.
His first show was a collaborative art exhibition among different art students in the area of Port of Spain, at an art space on Long Circular Road, Maraval, I’M Art Studio. At this age, he didn’t have a particular style of work, or prefered medium to work in. At the end of Cape, he placed 3rd in both Unit 1 and 2 for Visual art exams in 2018 and 2019. Kerron continued to partake in group art exhibitions. In 2019, He took part in Horizon’s Art at the Hilton Art exhibition, and also took part in Holy Name Convent Art auction at the Archbishops house, to help raise funds for repairing the school. When he left Fatima College, he began an artistic journey, where he began working on his full body of work. This body of work was a very personal one, showcasing a very emotional side of him
Awards : 2017 Top Regional CSEC 2 Dimensional Visual Arts Award
Express newspaper in August 13th 2020
Newsday March 2020
Newsday Newspaper August 13th 2020
Online Articles: Blog feature on Boynes Emerging Artist Award (www.boynesartistaward.com/blog/artist-kerron-john)
Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago – September 24th 2020
Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago (Issuu.com) – August 17th 2020
My name is Kerron John. I am a young Trinidadian artist and University of Trinidad and Tobago (DCFA) student. I see myself as a contemporary figurative artist, working primarily oils, but also acrylics, charcoal, clay. My work revolves around classical figurative paintings expressed in a contemporary style. The subject matter of my work expresses social issues through the use of the human figure.
My paintings can be described as dream-like, with figures breaking apart or dispersing visually playing with the emotions of the viewer, hence I call myself an emotionalist contemporary artist. I prefer to portray figures in my work, because I connect with the human figure in a more emotional and intimate way. The human figure fascinates me a lot, because of how the body can bend, and be positioned in different gestures to express different emotions.
My dream is to become a world-renowned artist, being able to exhibit in prestige art galleries and museums around the world. I want to be able to heal people that are going through any inner turmoil and discuss any social issues that are affecting us today in the world through my art.
● 2018. ‘Moments in Time’ Art exhibition. I’M Art Studio (I’M OASIS Wellness Fitness
Centre. Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
● 2018. Holy Name Convent Art Auction. Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
● 2019. Art At the Hilton. Horizon’s Art Gallery. Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
● 2019. Christmas Art Market. LOFTT Art Gallery. Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
● 2020. Represent: Purpose Vol. 3. THINKARTWORKSTUDIO (TAW). Cipriani Blvd,
POS. Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
● 2020. Christmas Collaboration Exhibition. THINKARTWORKSTUDIO (TAW). Cipriani
Blvd, POS. Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
● 2021. September -“The Freedom of Expression, The Mosaic of Meaning: An Abstract Show” Rotunda Gallery, Trinidad and Tobago
SOLO Art Exhibitions
● 2020. ‘EMOTIONS’ 1st Solo Art Exhibition, Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago
(ASTT) Federation Park, Newtown, POS. Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.
Group Art Exhibition with Artist Jonathan Creese
Venue: Arnim’s Art Galleria LTD
Woodford Street, POS.
Name of Exhibition : N.A.