He operates his self-titled Modern and Contemporary firm, part sculpture garden and part gallery space, from Thirsk Hall in Yorkshire.
The latest venture, dubbed Eros Gallery, will get back to his roots in Victorian sculpture as well as other works of art.
“I’ve always had a passion for Victorian sculpture and sculpture in general”, Gerrish says. He chose the name of the new gallery from the statue by Alfred Gilbert at the top of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus.
There will not be a new permanent location for Eros. Instead it will operate from Thirsk Hall, as well as Gerrish’s London office.
He adds: “We’ve been squirreling away for the past three or four years, and the plan is to have at least one exhibition a year.”
The first show, Rodin Dalou, takes place at the Tomasso Brothers St James’s gallery. Running from from December 1-22, it showcases the two sculptors Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) and Aimé-Jules Dalou (1838-1902), whose humble beginnings and striving for fame were similar, though a friendship eventually turned to rivalry.
Dalou (“the most famous artist you’ve never heard of”, Gerrish says), was celebrated in his day, creating more than 25 monuments around Paris. The Triumph of the Republic was the largest bronze casting of the 19th century. Today, however, his name is little known, while Rodin’s rise took place only after the death of the other artist.
More than 50 works are on show at the exhibition, some on offer for prices ranging from £3000-475,000, others on loan.
LAW consists of around 50 participants this year, and the extensive programming includes gallery shows, top pieces on offer from various dealers and the LAW Symposium (see ATG No 2618).
Among those taking part are Stair Sainty, The Fine Art Society, H Blairman & Sons and Stuart Lochhead Sculpture.
Though many of the galleries will be open to visit, some are running shows online, such as Nonesuch Gallery, with Drawings & Paintings from France c.1600-1900.
Meanwhile, Stephen Ongpin offers an exhibition of 60 Old Master, 19th century and modern drawings, Ben Elwes showcases the monumental paintings of Bolivian artist Alejandro Mario Yllanes (1913- c.1960) and Guy Peppiatt Fine Art holds One Hundred Drawings and Watercolours, featuring works of the 18th-20th centuries.