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26x38 pastel on paper c. 1989
Gersh (1943-1994) worked in many styles and mediums with an intensity and expressionistic quality that truly defined his subjects. Whether assemblage, painting, drawing, printmaking, or an amalgamation of them all, Gersh managed to have an easily discernible style.Many of his iconic works are derived from this time period.
Bill Gersh American Artist, 1943-1994. Born in Charleston, SC and grew up in Kerhonkson, NY. Artist movement-surrealism, cubism, abstract expressionism. He was known as "Wild Bill Gersh" and the "Outlaw Artist". Gersh artworks portray not so much storylines as psychological states the late artist Bill Gersh always struck me as the example par excellence of the sort of urban-New Mexico-cowboy/outcast/modernist artist for which this neighborhood, at one time, was notorious. He worked in paint, sculpture and collages in a style of art known as outlaw modernism. He is included worldwide in prominent private and museum collections.
One of my favorite interviews with Bill Gersh:
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