As a teenager Gerry shelved the security of a lucrative job as a graphic artist at London Weekend TV to hit the big time in Japan, the UK and Europe as guitarist and co-founder of Glam Rock pioneers GIRL which split up in 1982. For the next 15 years whilst based in London, Sydney and Hollywood acting as personal manager to film director Russell Mulcahy he went on to work on dozens of award winning videos for Queen, The Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Billy Joel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Culture Club, Fleetwood Mac etc, many big budget TV commercials and 11 feature films including the Mulcahy classic 1986 movie Highlander.
As a musician, Gerry has released over 30 albums with GIRL, Ultravox, The London Cowboys, Sheer Greed, Duran Duran's John Taylor and as a highly respected solo artist.
An overwhelming desire to return to his roots persuaded him to turn his back on LA in 2000 and to rediscover himself yet again, this time at home in London. From 2001 - 2008 he almost single-handedly reinvented 60's pop icon imagery for his celebrity clientele including Eastenders star Samantha Womack and 007 James Bond film star Britt Ekland and members of several multi-million selling bands including The Prodigy, Duran Duran, Def Leppard and The Stray Cats.
The imitators soon moved in as this new millennium pop iconism was diluted again just as it was in the 1960's. So Gerry has moved on again to work that is far less easy to copy. He widened his range of mixed media materials to incorporate the use of holographic sequins (up to 10,000 hand cut and placed sequins on a single piece) decorating acrylic paintings on canvas. Other materials were often used such as rose gold and yellow gold leaf, silver leaf, diamantes, Swarovski glass beads, pearls and turquoise, sterling silver feathers and Laffy’s ubiquitous diamond dust. These works took dozens or sometimes hundreds of hours of precise hand crafted labour to achieve. Many of these can be viewed at the ‘In Collections’ page (click here).
Summer 2014 and 2015 saw Gerry join up with fellow musicians who paint in the 'Punk, Rock and Roll Art Show' curated by Martin Stacey and Luigia Minichiello at The Underdog Gallery SE1. It was a great success.
Then again 2016 – In October a new collection went into the 2016 outing of The Punk, Rock N Roll show. In 2016 and into 2017 Gerry had work in Atom Gallery N4, Dan Gold’s Monsters of Art Gallery, in The Wellington Club in Knightsbridge and Zebra One Gallery.
In October 2017 Gerry was invited by owner Gabrielle Du Ploy at Zebra One Gallery to participate in the ‘With Art in Mind’ show. Gerry’s work was displayed alongside Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Francis Bacon, Mason Storm, Damien Hirst and others. The show had a 20 page feature in the CNN arts section and on their homepage, an article on Vice Media, several national and local newspapers, dozens of art mags and Gerry got the front cover and a feature article in Etcetera.
By April 2018 after a year of painstaking work Gerry had completed over 30 pieces of new work for a 2018 solo show. With this collection he lays out for us a semi dystopian view the world’s obsession with war and of memorable international clashes in his lifetime. Other imagery is created from various childhood influences good and bad and also a few places of interest. There is a happier more whimsical side too with a look at various animals created on acetate and gold leafed. They can be framed with or without a lightbox (see video).
He says ‘It’s a pretty bleak world at the moment politically, such upheaval. Machinations at work that have huge influence over us like vast databases being used to alter Presidential election. I feel we are all somehow preparing for a cataclysmic change. I hope to hell it’s a good one. The prospect of dropping neutron type bombs on civilians and using nerve agents in public executions is a horrible new approach. The gathering of information is the oil of the future, the BIG business, I try to stay off the ‘grid’ but it’s difficult of course. But there is a world of beauty too, nature, love, creations of beauty like art, guitars, cars, furniture, fine wine, fine jewellery all these things I love, I love much more than I hate or worry. These images are just me expressing my emotions’.
The main concept of a lot of this work is to make 2D into 3D, separated by layers and I have purposely used vibrant and surreal colours which is my take on the perpetual underlying mechanisms of oil, banking and armaments conglomerates (plus a few megalomaniac heads of states) running the planet. Our lives. There are lots of layers at work in the world, it’s colourful and entertaining but we often only get to see one of the many layers, the one we are meant to see. In the media, as in this work we only ever see the picture intended for us. Look deeper, something is usually amiss. We can’t trust anyone but our oved ones, don’t just trust whatever is presented to you, seek out truth and wisdom. Look a little deeper.
The new work:
Gerry said ‘most of my current work is A3. It comprises of a high quality flatbed A3 colour print, a second layer of acetate with the black elements which is floated over the image. These are separated by 6mm or can just sit on top. The photo paper used is 170gsm which can take a lightbox being built into the frame. If this is what you chose there is no glass as the picture has an acetate layer already. A small hole in the mount houses the on/off switch. The back light (optional) can be mains or hold an internal battery pack’. As usual this work is in mixed media. Several pieces incorporate gold and silver leaf, Swarovski stones and diamond dust. 3D is a theme and reflected in most of the work in some way’.
Gerry has been invited by the art world’s most notorious balaclava wearing artist ‘Elvis’ Mason Storm to be a guest artist at the launch of his new company Asylum Artist Management. This show is on May 31st in the Crypt, St Pancras Church, Euston Rd, Kings Cross.
Gerry has also been asked by Martin and Luigia to return to the Punk, Rock n Roll Art show at the Underdog Gallery in October. This will his fourth show with Marty and Luigia and is a gig, an art show and a punk festival all combined.
Gerry has a full solo show booked from January 9th (Private view) – February 4th at the glorious 16th century mansion in Highgate. Lauderdale House was one of the finest country houses in Highgate and was originally built for Richard Martin (Lord Mayor of London) in 1582 with a timber frame. In 1645 it was inherited by the Earl of Lauderdale (hence its name) from his mother-in law Mary (Dudley) Sutton, and in 1666 it was visited by Charles II and Samuel Pepys, while Nell Gwyn is said to have lived there briefly in 1670.