Sculptor and teacher who during World War I saw service with the Cameron Highlanders, Black Watch, the Gordon Highlanders and the Royal Flying Corps. In 1919 he studied at Manchester School of Art, and at the Slade School of Art under Professor Tonks in 1920.
In 1924 he carried out woodcut illustrations for books by Professor Sir Grafton Elliot-Smith, and woodcut illustrations for the British Medical Association.
He was appointed Head of the Department of Sculpture at the Slade in 1925 and in 1926 he was commissioned to execute the sculpture 'Memorial to a Hunter'. This was the first work of sculpture to be exhibited in the gardens of the Tate Gallery.
In 1927 he was commissioned by the Aeolian Hall to illustrate with woodcuts, the 'Life of Beethoven'.
He prepared for this commission by travelling throughout Germany visiting sites where Beethoven lived and worked. In 1928 he was commissioned, together with Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein, to carry out carved sculpture on the exterior of St. James' Underground Station.
Further commissions include bronze busts of Dr Herbert Spencer and Evelyn Leigh-Pemberton, the Duchy of Cornwall's Estate for a sculpture of St. Anselm for the entrance, and capitals for the interior of the new St. Anselm's Church, Kennington Cross, a sculpture for Horticultural Hall, Westminster. He also worked on for interior murals for ocean-going liners, for Selfridges and many others.
He was an Official War Artist in World War II returning to his post at the Slade School in 1946 and was appointed Professor of Sculpture in 1949 a position he held until his retirement in 1968. A Retrospective exhibition was held at South London Art Gallery, 1978 and Gerry as he was affectionately known retired to his home in Kent where he painted and drew into old age. He collaborated with his first wife, Katherine Leigh-Pemberton, (Kaff Gerrard) on the illustrations for several books. There are portrait busts by him in the collection of the IWM.
Gerrard rarely exhibited showing only occasionally at the NEAC, he was also elected a fellow of the RBS.
Bibliography: Elephants and Ethnologists by Sir Grafton Elliot Smith, with woodcuts by A. Horace Gerrard and K. Leigh-Pemberton. Published by Kegan Paul & Co, London and E. P. Dutton & Co, New York, 1924.
With thanks to artbiogs.co.uk
Biography from Liss Llewellyn