Join us in January as we welcome our speaker on the topic of Surreal, Vancouver Artist Tiko Kerr.

Tiko Kerr is a visual artist who has been living and working in Vancouver for the past 30 years. His practice includes painting, murals, set design and performance, as well teaching and social activism. As a survivor of a few challenges, Kerr has a fundamental belief in the healing capacity of the creative spirit and of community.

His most recent body of work entitled  “Reframed” will be exhibited from May to September 2019 at The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art in North Vancouver. Tiko is thrilled to be participating in CreativeMornings.

Q&A

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Creativity for me is reacting to the world by trusting myself to fall forward.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

In my Parker Street studio.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Look and remember everything that you see. Work tirelessly but know that becoming a creator is the greatest gift you can make for yourself.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

Chevalier de Saint-Georges

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

When I was in my 20’s and decided to crew on a tiny sailboat out of Darwin, Northern Australia, bound for the Indonesian archipelago, across the lawless Arafura Sea. It became the great transformative adventure of my life.

Where is your favourite place to escape?

Coal Harbour in my racing scull.

What books made a difference in your life and why?

The journals of Leonardo which I discovered in my teens. An invaluable, meticulous catalogue of how Leonardo saw the world. I’m still learning from it to this day.

What has been one of your biggest Aha! moments in life?

Having an existential flash on my 4th birthday. I was struck with the knowledge that I was a living human being and that I had been given the responsibility to live my life with purpose.