Tim Kerr Austin
Like any self-respecting artistic outcast in Texas, he moved to Austin after high school graduation where he has lived ever since with his wife Beth. He earned a degree in painting and photography at the University of Texas in Austin and studied the latter with Garry Winogrand. Tim was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant while at UT.
After college graduation, Tim became involved musically and artistically with the early stages of the DIY (Do It Yourself) punk/hardcore/self-expression movement. The idea that anyone could and should participate in self-expression burst every door and window inside of him wide open. He was a key member in bands that have made recordings for such labels as Touch & Go, Estrus, Sympathy For The Record Industry, In The Red, Sub Pop, and Kill Rock Stars. Tim was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame by popular vote in 1996. His first band the Big Boys was inducted in 2017.
Tim’s colorful art usually centers on portraits that convey social and political ideas. His subjects are normally historical figures that are significant in human rights and social, cultural, and political change.