Bill sometimes referred to himself as a "pagan." These paintings are Bill's "essays" on the myths that underpin Western culture.
Images based on the Old and New Testaments.
A closer look at a dark masterpiece: Fauvel.
Paintings that got away. More information and better photos needed.
Not just run of the mill nudes. These are erotically charged images that are not appropriate for anyone under the age of ... 65. Please do not look unless you are a responsible adult.
The Troll King's Daughter. Oil over Gold Leaf. @1980. Inspired (perhaps) by Ibsen's Pier Gynt, which itself is based on a Danish folktale. Artist: Bill (William J.) Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940 - 2011. (Compiled by Michael Curtis.)
St. Jerome in the Wilderness. Canvas. 19.5 x 16" 1966 Artist: Bill (William J.) Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011 A. Abramson estate. (Comp. Michael Curtis)
Bonnie Sliver, artist's ex wife. They met in art school & married soon thereafter. Artist: Bill (William J) Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011 A. Abramson estate.
Fauvel. Oil on wallboard. 54" x 39". 1978 - 1993.
Based on the 14th century Roman de Fauvel.
A supremely villainous ass (Fauvel) has won control of the universe... but not officially. It's a damned donkey! So it recruits a fool, someone it can manage, to be its front. Right out of a Marvel or DC comic, right? With DC perhaps designating the District of Columbia.
Center stage, one sees a fat-faced king on a throne, pinwheel in hand, guided by the malevolent ass.
Flames have broken out. The castle walls are writhing. Oliver North of Iran-gate fame (briefly president of the NRA), runs with an armful of missiles. A skeletal John Wayne is shooting. But not at the rapist in front of him.
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Posterity is already asking, what happened to these pieces? And what do they really look like?
If you can help (Mr. Jupena?), please do.
Oil on canvas. 66" x 72" Artist: Bill (William J.) Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940 - 2011.
Auctioned DuMouchelles (Detroit) 12/14/14. Lot: 122134. Artist: Bill (William J.) Girard. 1940-2011.
Includes Girard's hieroglyphics (translated): Odysseus and his men landed on the island of Aeaea the home of Circet (Circe).
The artist's son, Chris, released this piece for auction after his father's death.
Man with Moon (Oberon & Titania?) Oil on board. 5" x 6.5". Artist: Bill (William J) Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011. In the background, the head of a donkey is dimly visible. That and the moon in the hand of the male figure suggest that this is, in fact, a reference to Shakespeare's, A Midsummer Night's Dream. I think it also draws on the artist's personal experience.
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