Simon Kerr, now living in Napier, was at one time the leader of a safe breaking gang (dubbed the hole in the wall gang). He is the son of a noted water colourist mother and is the great-great nephew of Charles Rennie MacIntosh, the father of Scottish Art Nouveau.
In 2011 he was sentenced to six and half years for a Kiwibank ATM raid. During the sentence, he turned back to his childhood passions of painting and writing. After serving five years of that sentence he came out into the art world with his first release exhibition being a solo show at the Whanganui art museum. Since then he has had a series of sell-out shows around New Zealand and sold works in London and Australia.
Kerr’s work is raw and powerful, covering issues such as colonialism, religion, gangs, politics, and invariably love.