CROWDSOLVE THIS! DECIPHER ME #1
From an early age, the late professor of art, William J. Girard, Jr. (aka Bill Girard) habitually scribbled his home-made "Egyptian" hieroglyphics into various paintings and sketches.
But what do they mean? That's where I'm hoping you can help. Maybe you're the person who can decipher the hieroglyphics found in the sketch below.
Actually, there's like some intended and unintended humor embedded in the characters Bill Girard developed. The character that resembles a shepherd's crook is a S. The character that reminds me of a tent with a small flap, that's a G. The character that looks like a capital N with a runaway upstroke, that's an N. But then, so is the character that looks like waves. The Roman numeral for five, that tipped over and fell to the left, that's a C.
For additional reference, please review the two posts that addressed this general topic and include keys to the hieroglyphics:
- Noted German Scientist Cracks Hieroglyphic Cipher of Artist Bill Girard
- CROWD SOLVE THIS: DECIPHER HOME-MADE HIEROGLYPHICS OF DECEASED ARTIST
This sketch, which appears to be a landscape, includes a new character - to me - the inverted T. It also includes some scribbles that may or may not be text or hieroglyphics. See detail, below.
Girard was interested in ancient Near Eastern cultures and multiple paintings exhibit themes related to these, including Babylonian Fantasy and Ozymandius, found in www.girardsvasari.com/paintings. (Look in the Mythic Visions section.) Bill was commissioned by a wealthy Chaldean businessman, living in Detroit, to paint a large landscape maybe 35' x 50" and as I recall, it felt a bit like this sketch. But where that painting is now I have no idea. Haven't seen in maybe 25 years.
Decipher Me #1
|Landscape Sketch Detail with Possible Script|
- CROWDSOLVE THIS! DECIPHER ME #2
- CROWDSOLVE THIS: DECIPHER HOME-MADE HIEROGLYPHICS OF DECEASED ARTIST
- GIRARD? GIRARD WHO?
- GIRARD'S DAVID: A SMALL MIRACLE IN TERRA COTTA
- GIRARD'S U of M ART EXHIBIT FIASCO (1981): JUDY IN THE STARS
- BILL GIRARD: THE PODCAST
- GIRARD PAINTING "RIMA" HITS MARKET
- NOTED GERMAN SCIENTIST CRACKS HIEROGLYPHIC CODE OF ARTIST BILL GIRARD
- BILL GIRARD: ART ARISTOCRACY?
- DETROIT NEWS ART CRITIC REVIEWS BILL GIRARD (1967)
- GIRARD: THE FAIRY'S TALE. PART I - A PROSE POEM FOR PERFORMANCE
- CONVERSATION WITH AN EARLY GIRARD COLLECTOR: MR. DOUBLEDAY
- ART AS ANODYNE FOR A YOUNG PATIENT: A GIRARD ANECDOTE
- GIRARD'S PINCKNEY, MICHIGAN, MURALS (CIRCA 2005)
- 2 ARTISTS. 4 PAINTINGS. WHICH GET IN THE SHOW?
- A LETTER FROM BILL: THE "NION" WOMAN
- GIRARD LIMERICK #1: THERE ONCE WAS AN ARTIST NAMED BILL
- GIRARD LIMERICK #2: GIRARD FOUND THE KEY TO HIS ART IN THE ATTIC
- A FASCINATION WITH FAIRIES. (EXCERPT)
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/