Public Art Commission – Frankston Arts Centre

2016 – 2020

The Bonfire, Frankston Arts Centre, Kerrie Warren

    Image by Daryl Gordon 2016


The world around me has a significant influence on my work.
I’m intrigued by the landscape and inspired by an ever expanding consciousness to seek the truth of our humanity within it.
The process, like the fire, is all consuming and I feel passionately driven to follow my own sense of purpose as an artist to contemplate the bigger picture.  Kerrie Warren

    Image by Darryl Whitaker 2016

Artist's Opening Speech

Mayor James Dooley, Frankston City Council, Frankston Arts Board, Andrew Moon – Manager of Arts & Culture, Councillors.  What an exciting moment it is, to see The Bonfire, all lit up and larger than life here in Frankston.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Andrew Moon, Manager of Arts and Culture, for noticing and considering my work for such a wonderful project.  I feel quite honoured to be the first artist selected for this ongoing external exhibition that has now become a feature of the Frankston Arts Centre. 

I generally work to very large scales but I must admit that this was the first time I’d been asked to make a work even larger than the original.  The actual painting is 4 mts x 6 mts, a quadriptych… so in order to create this large scale image, very high resolution images of each section had to be taken and digitally stitched together.

And here I thank Darryl Whitaker, my good friend and professional photographer who took on that crucial role.

Darryl is here to celebrate with us tonight, along with his wife Karen Whitaker-Taylor, Cultural Development Officer at the Baw Baw Shire Council.  Also my husband Chris and our very dear friends and great supporters Gail and Neil.

Many years ago, when I was ‘5’, my parents built a house only ten minutes away from here in Corowa Place… my father had a painting studio upstairs and one of my most vivid memories of that period was when I was caught finger painting in one of the beautiful wet oils that he had nearly finished.  But I survived… and here I am today, nearly in the same spot, and still making my mark in paint…  

Thank you again to Andrew Moon, the Frankston Arts Board and the City of Frankston.