“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting, people have to understand. If only they would realise that above all that an artist works of necessity, that he himself is only a trifling bit of the world and no more importance should be attached to him than to plenty of other things which please the world, though we can’t explain them.” Pablo Picasso
Gerry was born in India in 1935 of Portuguese/British parents and was educated in India and England. At the time, he didn’t realise how much his education was enriched by the variety of interests his parents had- their home was stuffed with books, musical instruments and drawing materials; there was always something else to interest him. ‘My Father seemed to have little prejudice or elitism – something created by someone was there to be enjoyed whether it was a Chopin sonata or a Jelly Roll Morton stomp, a Nicolas Bentley illustration in a Damon Runyon book of short stories or a Michelangelo drawing. They gave me the bug of curiosity, and curiosity has no barriers and no ending once it is set in motion.’.
After a foundation course at Walthamstow School of Art he went on to The London School of Printing for three years where he obtained the National Diploma in Design in 1955. After National Service he spend some years as an art director in advertising, working in England and Germany and was a founder member of the advertising agency Yellowhammer in 1972. He and his partner later worked on other projects.
Throughout this period of work he painted and drew and began to show his work at the Nancy Smillie Gallery in Glasgow in 1993 and the Medici Gallery in London until eventually, he concentrated full-time on his career as an artist.
He was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers (RE) in 2008 serving on the RE Council for a three years before being made a Fellow of the Society in 2011.
He was elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2017.
One-man shows include:
Turner and Thom, Eton. Pump Gallery, Dorking. Summers Art Gallery, Dorking. Beatrice Royal, Southampton. Nancy Smillie, Glasgow. Arum Gallery, Frankfurt.
Group Shows include:
Bankside Gallery RE Shows, London. Royal Academy Summer Shows, London. Globe Theatre, London. Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Australia. Atom Gallery, London. For Art’s Sake, Ealing, London. Trélazé, France. The Group of Ten, Bankside, London. Impact, Bristol. The London Print Fair with the RE, London. Impressit UCLan Preston. Wrexham Print Bienalle, Wrexham. Coombe Gallery, Devon. Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow. On-line Gallery, Southampton. 5th International Triennial of Graphic Arts, Prague. Mark Jason Fine Art, London. Klim, New York Expo and Toronto. Lucy Simmons, Hong Kong. Arum Gallery, Frankfurt. John Davies Gallery, Stow-in-the-Wold. Medici Gallery London.
The John Purcell Prize, Wrexham Print Biennale. 2007
The Hector Purchase Prize, RE Annual. 2008
Centre for Fine Art Print Research UWE, RE Annual. 2008
RWS Patron’s Prize, RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2015
RWS Exhibitions Prize, RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2017
Sentinel Gallery Exhibitions Prize, RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2017
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Bank of England, London.
Guildford Borough Council.
Jiangsu Art Museum, China
Art of England, June 2007, 3 page illustrated article by Tinx Newton
Printmaking Today, Vol 16, No 4 Winter 2007, 2 page illustrated interview with Tony Dyson RE
5th International Triennial of Graphic Arts, Prague, 2 page illustrated catalogue
Bankside Gallery, London, Autumn Newsletter 2015, 3 page illustrated article by Hatty Davidson
Felix Rosenstiel’s, London Contemporary Art, Greek Island Holidays, Stephen Bull Restaurant, Marks and Spencer, Whittards of Chelsea, Waitrose, Starbucks, and private portrait commissions.
Life drawing at Pump Gallery, Dorking. Woodcut classes and demonstrations at Ochre Print Studio, Guildford and Bankside Gallery, London. Talks ‘Digital Art’ at Bankside Gallery. UCLan, Preston. Yale, Wrexham. Ochre Print Studio, Guildford and ‘From Sketchbook to Print’ at Ochre Print Studio, Guildford.
Work from the Salome Show which was exhibited at Turner and Thom.
Two woodcuts from the Royal Academy Summer Show 2013