Bill Gusky was born in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he later earned his MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
The impetus for many of Gusky's artworks is the absurdity, confusion, and comedy of the human predicament. He's known for mashing up a variety of techniques and media into compelling, colorful, often humorous artworks, as well as for ranging widely in bold explorations of format, style, and imagery.
His painting Cherry Bomb includes elements from 1960's cartoons The Jetsons and Johnny Quest, greeting card art, a quote from Star Wars IV: A New Hope, and an original character designed as an anthropomorphized Christian cross holding a cigarette in one hand and a large lit firework in the other.
Gusky's interest in juxtapositions of classical figuration with contemporary culture can be seen in smaller watercolor paintings inspired by family photographs, such as Dream Collector, in which a magenta-modeled figure reaches a dipnet forward into fluorescent yellow nothingness, and Swing, a painting of a girl swinging high into a black sky.
Among a variety of media explorations, in 2011 the artist created a series of stereoscopic 3D images for View-Master viewer, combining family photos, drawings, cartoon imagery, and hand-painted elements in a narrative work titled The Inertia Garden. These images and their viewing format - a popular children's toy that was itself a reincarnation of a 1940's travel photo viewer - reveal Gusky's interest in cultural trajectories and the experience of time as embodied in repurposed objects and imagery.
Gusky is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the Emerging Artist award from Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and his work is a feature of many private collections.
Bill Gusky lives and works in rural Connecticut.
MFA – Massachusetts College of Art and Design
BFA – Pratt Institute
Dave Bown Projects 9th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Steven Matijcio, Dominic Molon, Marina Pacini) Honorable Mention - 2014
Residency Award, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE – 2012
Residency Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT – February, 2012
Emerging Artist Award, St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA – 2010
Distinguished Panelist, Blogpix Panel Discussion on Art Blogging – Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY – May 25, 2009
Invited ongoing contributor to The Art-Tistics, an art blog published by Minds
Eye Art Moving and Storage, Boston, MA – 2009
Requested by artist John Morris to write the position paper for The
Blogger Show, produced through Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA – October,
Requested by artist Steven LaRose to write an article for the catalog
of his exhibition Portraits or Landscapes from the Uncanny Mist held at Kristi
Engle Gallery, Highland Park, CA – June, 2007
Community Advisory Board Member, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, Hartford, CT – 2006-2007
Wee Works by Awesome Artists II – The Norfolk Library – Norfolk, CT – December 2, 2011– January 13, 2012
Crop Circle – Field Projects – Watertown, CT – October 28 - December 1, 2011
Foundation on Parade – St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA – October 25 - November 21, 2011
The Global Perspective: Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future – The Gallery at Worcester State University – Worcester, MA – October 20 - December 1, 2011
Cultural Crossroads – Associated Artists of Winston-Salem – Winston-Salem, NC – October 13 - November 23, 2011
4th Annual Juried Exhibition – Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA – August 3 - September 3, 2011
Litchfield County Screen Project –
Various locations, Torrington, CT – June 30 - August 25, 2011
Instructions for Initial Conditions –
Parallax Space, Lincoln, NE – November 5 - 29, 2010
Shunpikers – School 33, Baltimore,
MD – August 7 - October 3, 2009
Lost Weekend – La Motta Fine Art, Hartford,
CT – January 17 - 24, 2009
R • E • S • P • E • C • T (artists on pedestals) –
CreateHere Collective, Chattanooga, TN – July 18 - September 8, 2008
The Blogger Show – Digging Pitt
Gallery, New York, NY and Pittsburgh, PA – November 10, 2007 - January
50/50, a traveling exhibition of new media objects curated
by Sue Berg and Daniel Buttrey Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT – ArtSpace,
Windham, CT – ArtSpace, Norwich, CT – ArtSpace, Hartford, CT Nov 4, 2007
- Feb 25, 2008
Small Works- Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh,
PA – Nov 11, 2006 - Feb 3, 2007