Kerry Awn

 

Many of our visitors have seen Kerry’s South Austin slideshow tour as part of an Esther’s Follies show at which he was a weekly performer for over 30 years until 2011, or heard his musical performances with the Uranium Savages.

During the 1970s he got involved with the Armadillo World Headquarters underground comix scene, and contributed comics to the magazine Austin Stone. He has become especially known for the posters he did at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

Kerry is an accomplished painter and his cowgirls, clear blue swimming pools, and vintage old motels, portray a time when Austin was truly the crown jewel of Texas. Shannon Sedwick, co founder of Esther’s Follies called him, “the personification of old Austin: rough, but accessible.” Awn is one of the three artists who painted the incredible murals at 23rd Street and Guadalupe; one depicting Austin on one side of the street, and one depicting the state of Texas on the other side. He is currently working on a mural at the Central Market in the Westgate Shopping Center celebrating local farming and produce.

From the decor in Kerry’s house, it is clear that he has spent many years right in the heart of Austin. Alongside his paintings are psychedelic posters from the Armadillo, Soap Creek and other venerated venues that gave Austin the mystique and charm it enjoys today.

1516-B S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704 | (512) 440-8318
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