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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…

2 ARTISTS. 4 PAINTINGS. WHICH GET IN THE SHOW?

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Which of the 4 paintings below belong in an art school's Alumni Exhibit?
Pick a maximum of two.
List your picks in the Comments section --
 below this post -- for all to see. 
Both artists went to the same institution. 
Neither graduated. 

One lived the life of an artist. One didn't.

One was widely collected. The other wasn't. 

What gets in the show?


Painting #1

Detail of #3




Painting #4

Two paintings are by Bill Girard
Two paintings are by someone else.

Girard's Pinckney, Michigan, Murals (Circa 2005)

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These murals were commissioned for the home of a family in Pinckney, Michigan, a drive of several hours from Royal Oak, Michigan, where Bill lived. At least, that's what Bill told me. 



 Bill sent me these images in 2006, about four years before his passing.




The drive was wearisome. But Bill both needed the money and loved the family involved.



I  imagine that in particularly dismal winters these murals must be an endless source of joy.




I hope that they are well maintained.


A Letter from Bill: The "Nion" Woman

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The letter is handwritten and undated, as you can see, below. But it was written in 2006 and accompanied by photos of the referenced murals. I still have the hand-made postage stamped, shipping container he made to send them with. The spelling in my transcribed version is reflects Girard's.In a separate letter, Bill wrote that he prefered  the lowercase, cursive "i" to the uppercase "I,"  as the latter really looks like a "CL." The cursive "i,"  he wrote, "Has grace and style, and it makes me feel good."


Dear Glen

Here are the photographs of the Semprevivo murals.


The Vestibule and hallway, as well as the powder room which i fancy in the Indo-Chinoiserie style.




The other photograph of the Banker in the Art gallery is akin the the proverbial "Bull in a China Shop" Came out of an experience that I had a number of years ago. I had been invited to judge an Art exhibit in Downtown Detroit. 

The exhibilition was to be housed in a small…

Conversation with an Early Girard Collector: Mr. Doubleday

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Almost exactly two years ago, on January 31st, 2017,  a pair of "third generation" members of the Friends of Bill Girard (FOBG) community  Ms. Janson (J) and Mr. Weikal (K), visited one of the earliest members of that community, Mr. Doubleday (M). The visit took place in metro Detroit. 

What follows is a modestly redacted version of the transcribed conversation. Transcribed, because it was recorded by Ms. Janson and Mr. Weikal. With their permission, I am providing this lightly redacted transcript. 

The redactions are intended to protect the privacy of the participants and the sanctity of their respective collections.

Perhaps this document will prove of interest to future members of the FOBG and to others with a either an interest in or a passion for understanding the artist, Bill Girard (www.girardsvasari.com) and one of those whose early friendship and patronship served as the medium for his life's work. 

Mr. Doubleday was, for many years, the vice principal of a noted Det…