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 by Ibsen's Pier Gint. Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011. (Comp. MCurtis.)
St. Jerome in the Wilderness. Canvas. 19.5 x 16" 1966 Artist: Bill 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 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?
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 (now 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, please do.
Oil on canvas. 66" x 72" Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011.
Auctioned, per Michael Curtis, at DuMouchelles (Detroit, MI) on December 14, 2014. Lot no. 122134.
Details inset show Bill's hieroglyphic inscription. Clearly a mythologic scene perhaps from the Odyssey.
Man with Moon (Oberon & Titania?) Oil on canvas. 5" x 6.5". Estate of A. Abramson. Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011