Kerry Milligan

Kerry Milligan

Ottawa, ON, Canada

About Kerry Milligan

I enjoy using a variety of mediums and sometimes alternating between abstract, landscape and floral. Each medium gives me the opportunity to experiment with the chosen subject.

My landscape paintings are simplified compositions created intuitively, an exploration using bands of colour, curvy lines and organic forms dissolving into one another. Inspired by the colourful landforms seen in southwestern terrain, open countryside fields, and the rolling hills in mountain range valleys. My goal is to create simplified and calming compositions that awakens a memory of a place visited, imagined, or envisioned in a dream. They range from an abstract layout to a more detailed scenery.

My abstract paintings are intuitive, lyrical, expressive compositions - I call them my energy series. Abstract expressionism allows me to explore various ways of expressing my connection with the natural world. Each painting is a step into the unknown as I work to express nature’s energy between the chaotic and the peaceful. My goal is to create enticing compositions through spontaneous colour choices and intuitive application of paint to create an emotional connection with the viewer. I also use this creative process to depict not only the beauty of a scenery, but also the unforeseen or unpredictability of nature. I’m inspired by its infinite arrangement of color, line and shapes found in gardens, the ocean and astronomical imagery.

When I'm not painting, I'm experimenting with photography or creating surreal themed collages.

Education

Graduated from the University of Alberta - Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Visual Communication Design and Bachelor of Arts degree (Sociology).

Events

University of Ottawa Press selected my painting ‘Busy Summer Day’ to be featured on the cover of their Spring 2021 catalogue and books. https://press.uottawa.ca/media/wysiwyg/Catalogs/PUO-UOP_Catalogue_printemps-spring_2021-v3-web.pdf

Collections and Commissions:
Private Collectors - Victoria & Vancouver-British Columbia, Edmonton & St.Albert -AB, Ottawa-ON, New York-USA
Southwestern Landscape Paintings purchased by the Madison Area Technical College, Wisconsin

"Romantic Card Company" watercolor flowers, Beverly Hills, California

Landscapes at Solaris Gallery, Califon, New Jersey
Ottawa DentalCharityball.ca/ Donation - Abstract painting - 2016
OVWLA Fundraiser for Syrian Families -
Abstract Garden, 2016
Ottawa Humane Society, Annual FurBall Gala - donated Abstract & Venetian Mask acrylic paintings for 2012, 2013 & 2014

PUBLICATIONS:

ArtAscent Art & Literature, Online and Journal V43 SENSUALITY June 2020

Honorable Mention Award -Circle Foundation for the Arts
​Cover Magazine Competition April 19, 2019 (Inside the Artist's Notebook, Acrylic on Canvas)

ArtAscent Art & Literature, Online and Journal V34 YELLOW December 2018

ArtAscent Art & Literature, Online and Journal V31 BLACK June 2018

ArtAscent Art & Literature, Online and Journal ABSTRACT August 2017

Exhibitions

The Gallea Online Gallery, Montreal, Quebec:
'Green' - St. Patrick's Day Theme Exhibition - March, 2021
Women in Art - International Women's Day - March, 2021
Valentine's Day Theme Exhibition - February, 2021

Galerie Annexe, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ontario:
Art + Parcel : A Holiday Sale
14 November 2020 – 10 January 2021
Art + Parcel : A Holiday Sale
December 4, 2019-January 19, 2020​
The Annual Juried Collection Sales & Rental Nov 2019- October 2020

The Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Vancouver, BC:
365: Online Juried Exhibition and Calendar: Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2018
Summer Showcase Juried Exhibition, Online Gallery: July 30 - Aug 12, 2018
Bloom Juried Group Exhibition + Ikebana - April 3-15, 2018
Abstracted Juried Group Exhibition - March 6-17, 2018
Annual International Mail-In Art Exhibition - July 4-16, 2017

Kevin Dodds Gallery & Studio - Ottawa ON:
Vibrant Color Abstracts, April - November 2015
Venetian Mask Series, January - March 2015
Abstract Energy Paintings, March - December 2014

Quest Art School & Gallery - Midland ON:
Small: Little Treasures II Group Exhibition - November - January 2015
Botanicals & BEYOND - May 2nd - June 7th, 2014
Little Jewels Group Exhibition - November 16 - January 12, 2013

Ottawa Art Gallery (Art Rental and Sales):
Landscape Paintings, August 2008 - September 2009

Coffee Cup Cafe St. Albert Gallery Walk 2007, 2008
Solo exhibit Floral Watercolors and Landscapes 2006-08

St. Albert Profiles Public Art Gallery - Group Exhibition: "Colourscapes", Alberta September 28 - October 28, 2006

Saint Thomas Cafe Gallery
St. Albert Gallery Walk
August - September 2006

Saddlery Gallery, Edmonton
Group Exhibit, June 2006

Art Beat Gallery, St. Albert
Landscapes, April-December 2005

Profiles Public Art Gallery, St. Albert
MYRIAD 9th Annual Membership Exhibition
September, 2005

Solo Exhibition: Floral Watercolors Spring/Summer, 2004
Misericordia Community Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta

American Landscape Exhibition 2003
Solaris Gallery, Califon, New Jersey

Johnson Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta:
Edmonton Art Club Fall group exhibitions 2002, 2003, 2004

St. Albert Profiles Public Art Gallery
Silent Auction, 2005 , 2006

Edmonton Art Club, Misericordia Hospital
Exhibit Spring/Fall Shows, 2002, 2003, 2004