Sorrell Kerrison – Artist’s Biography

Sorrell Chrystal Kerrison  –  (born in North Wales 1983)

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Kerrison is a multimedia artist who is best known for her expressionistic Fauvist hand embroidered textile portraits.

Using a range of unconventional and improvisational approaches to textile work giving each of her pieces an individual life of it’s own. Her work is colourful and exciting, a visually controlled chaos that brings her subjects to life.

Kerrison grew up in a valley just off the North Wales coast. Her love of art and music has permeated every aspect of her life.

In 2000 Kerrison went to Salford University to attend the Television and Radio (BA Hons) degree course, specialising in editing and journalism. Kerrison used her skills garnered at University to make a spectrum of work including music videos and documentary.

Kerrison moved to London in 2008 and worked with the Battersea Arts Centre, V22 in Bermondsey and at a variety of festivals both as a performer and in supportive roles. During this period Kerrison was also the singer and songwriter a band called No Plato (2009 – 2011) , named after a W.H Auden poem which she loved.

In 2012 Kerrison moved to Bristol and became the singer and guitarist in grunge garage band Pinot Grigio (2013 – 2017).

Kerrison is always expanding on her practices, interweaving her skills to create new and effecting works.

Significant work:

In 2017 Kerrison was commissioned to create a portrait of the musician Andrew Hung  (from F**k Buttons) for the cover of his debut solo album “Realisationship”. The piece appeared across all formats in the UK, EU and US. The original piece was also digitally augmented and used across all single releases and was animated for promotional and tour materials.

In Sept 2018 Kerrison’s four portrait commission from the Bolton Museum was unveiled. Kerrison was commissioned to create four embroidery portraits of significant benefactors and curators for the museum’s permanent collection and they are now on public view in the Chadwick Room, part of the new Egyptology wing (see front portfolio for individual pictures and information).