SIMON KERR – ARTIST
One time member of the infamous Hole in the Wall gang, prison escapee and activist, Simon Kerr is also an accomplished painter, his remarkable talents creating bodies of work which are both narrative and allegorical, the story of his life and redemption and commentary on the place of human beings in the world. These works are often autobiographical in nature exploring Kerr’s controversial history and his upbringing.
Kerr gained notoriety in the 1980’s when he set up the Hole in the Wall Gang (complete with T-shirts) which committed a number of bank robberies. He also made headlines throughout the 1980’s for the numerous escapes from custody, including from Mt Eden and Paremoremo prisons. He stowed away on a cargo ship to Australia after escaping from Mt Eden in 1987. In 1994, he mounted a 13 day rooftop turret protest against the remand conditions in Mt Eden that ended with the Armed Defenders Squad forcibly bringing him down.
His colourful history is echoed in his works.