Born in Salford in 1950, educated at Bolton University and the University of Salford, studying Art and Design, and later Graphics Design.
Working mostly in acrylics on canvas, graphite, photography, digital illustration and more recently fused glass. His painting is mostly abstract, building textures and overlaying with acrylics and metallics. The tendency is towards the clean and bright using subtly blended colours to create a vivid, striking and very often highly glossed image.
Of his work, Gerard says:
“My drawings by contrast are of a more photographic nature, finely worked and detailed, echoing the realism of the subject matter, which is usually figurative.”
Gerard began working digitally after completing his honours degree in 2000, and worked as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for a communications company. He worked on mobile phone games, wallpapers and corporate design, also undertaking all traditional and digital illustration work.
Much of his own photographic work was used as illustrative content, montaged to create a more direct means of communication and focal point to the often in depth and complex text.
For the last three years Gerard has been working in glass fusion, designing and creating abstract glass wall hangings with a dynamic and three dimensional aspect. All work being hand-made to order using pigmented ground glass and metals, fused for over 24 hours at over 800 degrees centigrade.
His fused glass portfolio consists of over 70 designs which have been sold nationally through many outlets, retail and commission based.
His artistic interests are diverse; from the children’s book illustrators Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham, contemporary painters Jenny Saville, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and multimedia artist H.R.Giger, among many others.
Gerard is strongly influenced by the work of contemporary artistic photography, composing images spontaneously through the confines of a viewfinder leads to some amazing images, even more so when using the manipulation and enhancement techniques available through various computer packages.
The learning of new techniques and continual personal development is important to Gerard; the movement of ideas from one discipline to another, exploring and enhancing images through various media has become central to his way of working.
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