Already an accomplished illustrator and graphic designer, Jerry Lee Kirk began painting at the age of 29. Originally from Falls Church, Virginia, Jerry moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1991, where his Fine Art career began in earnest. He immediately fell in with a group of artists called ‘The Friends of Van Gogh’. As a co-operative they opened two galleries in the north side of town and over time helped to develop that area into what today is known as ‘NoDa’, Charlotte’s premier and historic Art District.
As an Expressionist Painter Jerry has won several awards, most notable being an Emerging Artist Grant from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg. He was also owner of ‘Sanctuary Art’, which was located in NoDa, and won the 2003 Critics Pick for Best New Gallery in Creative Loafing Magazine. Jerry has exhibited his work in galleries and festivals throughout the South and in New York City and his paintings are in collections throughout the world.
“Expressionist in style, my art is an attempt to depict both the human condition and the natural world at their most intimate level. As an acute observer of life in all its aspects, my art is influenced not only by nature but all forms of pop culture as well, from books to movies to cartoon animation. Ultimately my art is about conveying personal concerns and ideas in regards to social observances and emotions. It is important for me that my art connect with the viewer through shared understanding and experiences. I desire for my art to be meaningful, accessible and relevant without reliance on the facile or merely decorative. “ _________ Jerry Lee Kirk, 2010