Art Brokerage: Bill Gersh American Artist: b. 1943-1994. Born in Charleston, SC and growing 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. Gersh started out with the most offensive colors he could dream of, put them together in big, offensive combinations and then went on from there at an exhibition opening, his behavior might be even worse. He worked in paint, sculpture and collages in a style of art known as outlaw modernism. Gersh arrived among the first wave of hippie immigrants to northern New Mexico in 1968, and for the next quarter-century, until his death from liver cancer in 1994, he toughed out day-to-day life, prickly as a cactus and resourceful as a magpie, in the middle of nowhere above San Cristobal. Gersh would have been 66 this year, and while he's not in many books on modern art in New Mexico yet, when the proper book is written, he will be. Gersh's style is reminiscent of Warhol with the southwest colors. Bill Gersh was a friend of Art Brokerage founder Donna Rose who gave him a retrospective at her Gallery in Sun Valley Idaho in 1990. His works have been exhibited across the nation in places such as Taos, Santa Fe, Houston, Dallas, and Kentucky. We will issue certificates of authenticity for his paintings. Bill passed away about 10 years ago. Listings wanted by Art Brokerage.
Oil on Canvas