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


These murals were commissioned for the home of a family in Pinckney, Michigan, a drive of several hours from Royal Oak, Michigan, where artist Bill Girard lived. 

At least, that's what Bill told me. 


 "... the powder room which i fancy in the Indo-Chinoiserie style."
Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011

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



The Face of Buddha
Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011

The drive was wearisome. But Bill both needed the money and loved his patrons. 


A quiet paradise created by a man who loved his pets!
Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011

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



A theater of the mind's eye - but what a beautiful mind.
Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011

I hope that they are well maintained.



It seems that Bill turned a home into a House of Prayer. A monument to inner peace.
Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011



Did I mention that Bill hated to travel, at least physicially. 



A vision of Arcadia.
Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011

Bill's imagination took him everywhere he ever wanted to go. It's just a shame that so few have had the chance to travel with him. 

His work, like these marvelous murals, is generally held in private hands, where only the lucky few get to enjoy them. 

Except for those who travel to the website dedicated to his work:  https://girardsvasari.com/.


This must be the home's front entry.
Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011



To learn more about the marvelous artist behind these murals, peruse my previous blog post, 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 at https://girardsvasari.com/

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