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GIRARD? GIRARD WHO?

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Master of Mud (aka artist) and former Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit,  professor of art, Bill (William J.) Girard Jr., passed away in 2011. The website created to honor him is found at https://girardsvasari.com/


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Happily, at least one of the two investigating police officers could scarcely drag his eyes away from the large Girard painting, Fauvel. This made me feel much better. At least some of our public servants aren't immune to the seduction of fine art. Fauvel - completed as seen here in 1993 - is just the sort of painting you might expect tocatch the eye of a policeman.

The composition is one part whimsy, one part marvelous brushwork, and two parts savage reminder of our species' propensity to fall into depravity.
A city burns. The world seethes. Center stage, you see a fat-faced king seated on a throne, holding a pinwheel, attended by an evil ass (aka malevolent donkey).
A busy…

Noted German Scientist Cracks Hieroglyphic Cipher of Artist Bill Girard

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Meet the wizard (of science):
Professor Dr. Robert Fuchs, Director Emeritus of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and former head Head of the Department of Restoration and Conservation of Written material, Graphics, Photography and Illuminated Manuscripts.  Nice smile, right?Now, meet the mysterious hieroglyphic code. Well, at least a lovely sample of it. It accompanies an equally lovely sketch.  Ballpoint pen on torn paper. 8.5" x 11"  Artist: William Girard, Royal Oak, MI 1940-2011
For reasons unknown, the artist, former Prof. of Art Bill Girard, decided to borrow Egyptian hieroglyphics and put them to work for his own purposes. Everyone needs a private language all their own, right? 
Girard co-opted what he found (in pre-digital age sources), mixed it up a bit (or drew from  unreliable sources), then gradually evolved additional characters as needed. As you can see in the sketch above, he used them fluently. 
That is, aside from two notable mis-starts, he wrote swiftly …

Girard: The Fairy's Tale. Part I - A Prose Poem for Performance

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Introduction:
Fairyland is sponsoring an exhibit of three Bill Girard paintings, based on  Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Mortal tourists are about to get the guided tour ... and perhaps learn more than they intended. But it's not too late! You can still join them. (Crash the gate!)

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Robin:

Welcome, friends, to Fairyland! My name is Robin. I’m leading your Fascination with Fairies exhibit tour.
Take no offence if I hover overhead. I think you’ll find it easier to hear. When we were young, Big Folk loomed large. Today, to us, you’re walking walls.  
You use your legs. I’ll stick to wings. Stay close. Don’t stray. Enjoy this placid odyssey.
Child:
Mommy. Mommy. There’s a butterboy!
Robin:
This Fascination with Fairies … And you, child, are a budding bard.
This exhibit explores four works by Bill Girard, our sweet, departed friend. Of course, you’ll see the paintings. We hope you’ll also glimpse his art…