I grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. My mother claims that I was drawing before I could talk and most of my childhood was spent with pencil in hand. I studied graphic design and illustration at Shepherd College in West Virginia but actually taught myself to paint at the age of 30. My early experience as an Editorial Cartoonist for a Virginia newspaper was a good introduction into the graphic process and later jobs as an Art Director for Advertising Agencies taught me the professionalism that I try to imbue my Fine Art career with.
In 1991 I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where my career as a Fine Artist began in earnest. I fell in with a group of artists called ‘The Friends of Van Gogh’. As a group we opened 2 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 I have won several awards, most notable being an Emerging Artist Grant from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg. I also owned my own gallery for a time, ‘Sanctuary Art’, which was located in NoDa and won the 2003 Critics Pick for Best New Gallery in Creative Loafing Magazine. I have exhibited my work in galleries and festivals throughout the South and have accumulated many patrons and collectors.
I currently work out of my home studio in South Charlotte where I live with my lovely wife Lisa and wonderful daughter, Elysia.
To view more of my work and to purchase originals please visit: www.jerrykirk.com
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The Art of Jerry Lee Kirk
Sally Sargent Fine Art Award
for Overall Excellence in Fine Art
SoJie 16, June 2012