Sans titre (village), 1972
The painter Gérard Gasiorowski was born in Paris in 1930 and died in Lyon in 1986. After working for more than 10 years for an insurance company, he returned to painting with a series entitled Approche, consisting of reproductions of black and white press photos. In 1972, he broke away from classic painting tradition with his series Croutes featuring thick layers of paint and strident colours. His attitude to art and the art market retained a strong element of passion while becoming more radical, something that was illustrated in his series Aires where he takes on insignificant subjects using simple strokes. He also used a number of aliases; Professor Hammer, who imposed the simple motif of a hat on all his pupils; Kiga who painted his own excrement. He then produced a series of homages to the great masters of painting. In the final stages of his career, he produced a number of rolls of painting several metres long; evoking above all parietal art or cave paintings. After his first exhibition at the Maeght Gallery in Paris, several retrospective shows were organized at Musée de l’Art Moderne, Paris in 1983, the Pompidou Centre in 1995 and at the Carré d’Art in Nîmes 2010. His work can be found in the Pompidou Centre collection as well as those of various regional FRACs across France (Centre, Poitou-Charentes, Pays-de-Loire).