William McLean Kerr was born in Fife and moved to Ayrshire in 1966. He studied art at Jacob Kramer School of Art in Leeds and graphic design at Manchester Polytechnic. His career includes six years as a graphic designer with Central Television in the Midlands and several years running a graphic design consultancy in Glasgow. He has been painting for over 30 years and achieved a long held ambition to paint full-time, in 1996. Since then he has held solo exhibitions at The Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr (1996), The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock (1998) and The Untitled Gallery, London (2003). He also regularly exhibits in many joint exhibitions and in 2002 had a painting accepted by the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts for its 141st exhibition.
William is greatly inspired by the magnificent Scottish coastline and he enjoys capturing the contrast between bright evening skies and strong, dark shadows and silhouettes the light creates. Recently, he had developed the theme of strong light and shadows and applied this to still life work, using the warm, glowing colours often found when the sun is setting.
His original paintings and prints can be found in numerous private and corporate collections as far afield as America and Australia and in galleries throughout Scotland.