Gil Bruvel

Bio

Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1959, Gil Bruvel’s French-born parents moved the family back to the south of France when he was 4 years old. While taking drawing lessons at age 9 and learning sculpture basics, Gil made the decision to spend his life creating art. He began working with oil paint at the age of 12.

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MINDFUL

H86xD86xW56 cm

THE WIND

stainless steel
large edition: H92xD69xW122 cm

DEEP IN BLUE

H43.2xD41xW46 cm

DIVIDED

H56xD61xW58.5 cm

NEVER ENDING

stainless steel
H77xD61xW91 cm

RAIN

stainless steel
H51xD43xW36 cm

DICHOTOMY

stainless steel
H72xD36xW69 cm

THE DESCENT

stainless steel
H21xD26xW18 cm

MY MIRROR REMAINS

stainless steel
H72xD41xW61 cm

NEVER ENDING (FLOWING)

stainless steel
H51xD44xW74 cm

APEX

pedestral: stainless steel
H61xD28xW38 cm

trophy: stainless & bronze
H38xD23xW10 cm

GEORGE’S HORSE

stainless steel
H51xD26xW84 cm

48″: H71xD41xW122 cm

ONE VOICE

stainless steel
H51xD38xW33 cm

GLIMMER

stainless steel or bronze
H13xD26xW69 cm

THE RIVER

stainless steel
H61xD38xW59 cm

THE WIND

stainless steel
H41xD36xW56 cm

THE DESCENT

stainless steel
large edition: H153xD186xW127 cm

RAIN

stainless steel
large edition: H183xD168xW153 cm

CHESS SET

stainless steel & bronze | board in wood and resin
H97xD97xW9 cm | pieces range 10×18 cm

CHESS SET 02

stainless steel & bronze | board in wood and resin
H97xD97xW9 cm | pieces range 10×18 cm

CURRICULUM

Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1959, Gil Bruvel’s French-born parents moved the family back to the south of France when he was 4 years old. While taking drawing lessons at age 9 and learning sculpture basics, Gil made the decision to spend his life creating art. He began working with oil paint at the age of 12.

Gil’s father, being a cabinetmaker, introduced the budding artist to the inner workings of a wood workshop including furniture design, its practical function, and every aspect of hand crafting each piece. Taking this knowledge and experience with him, Gil began studies at an art restoration workshop 1974, spending the next three years learning the techniques of the Old Masters and modern Masters of contemporary art. Thereafter he set up his studio in St. Remy de Provence until 1986 when he first made his way to the United States, making it his permanent residence in 1990.

At that time, he started to experiment more with sculptures in bronze and stainless steel, mixed media as well as continuing to learn about creative processes in artistic expression.  Gil is currently creating paintings, sculptures, functional art, and large commissioned public art for his many clients all over the world.  His state of the art studio in Texas has full 3D technology capabilities including six in house 3D printers, a complete support team, and solid working relationships with two foundries in Texas and one in Hangzhou, China.

Gil Bruvel

Gil Bruvel is a visionary artist, capable of translating complex ideas and fleeting
impressions into stunning works of art. His curiosity about the human condition and the
workings of the human mind is honed through daily meditative practice. His art emerges
from a deep contemplation of images, emotions, and sensations, which he refines
continually before he casts them into material form. “We try and fail until we get it right.
Failure is essential in crystalizing and improving on our initial ideas,” states Bruvel.
“There is a great complexity to us and to all that surrounds us, which is not accessible
unless we are willing to move beyond physicality and into the deeper layers of our
consciousness. Therein lies an experience that is to be felt, rather than described or
rationalized. My challenge as an artist is to give it a non-verbal expression through the
use of form, patterns, and color.”
Bruvel’s early work is marked by a desire to escape, rather than penetrate, reality at a
deeper level. He was influenced by the surrealists such as Salvador Dali, Max Ernst,
and Georgio de Chirico. His art was an exercise in imagination through the painting of
alternate realities.

Gil Bruvel is a visionary artist, capable of translating complex ideas and fleeting impressions into stunning works of art. His curiosity about the human condition and the workings of the human mind is honed through daily meditative practice. His art emerges from a deep contemplation of images, emotions, and sensations, which he refines continually before he casts them into material form. “We try and fail until we get it right. Failure is essential in crystalizing and improving on our initial ideas,” states Bruvel. “There is a great complexity to us and to all that surrounds us, which is not accessible unless we are willing to move beyond physicality and into the deeper layers of our consciousness. Therein lies an experience that is to be felt, rather than described or rationalized. My challenge as an artist is to give it a non-verbal expression through the use of form, patterns, and color.” Bruvel’s early work is marked by a desire to escape, rather than penetrate, reality at a deeper level. He was influenced by the surrealists such as Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, and Georgio de Chirico. His art was an exercise in imagination through the painting of alternate realities. While elements of surrealism have been present in his works throughout his career, Bruvel’s later efforts play with the distortion of realities, duality, and multiple perspectives. In his Cubist series, he reduces human form to component planes and geometric shapes, using negative space to create positive form, and vice versa. He seeks to reinforce the notion of fluidity by expressing multiple viewpoints simultaneously. Bruvel often bends or extends the lines that define human form, dissolving its rigidity and allowing it to connect with the flow that constantly surrounds it. To convey the complex interplay of forces that immerse us, he disrupts vertical lines by inserting horizontal ones. He creates intentional gaps and negative space to highlight disconnect.
Having trained extensively in his father’s cabinet-making business and later at a prestigious restoration workshop, Bruvel’s work displays a mastery of technique and high-level craftsmanship. He moves through a wide range of media and forms with
ease. His sculptures in bronze, wood, and stainless steel, as well as his functional furniture and mixed media, all reflect a well-defined move towards three-dimensional representation. The influence of architects such as Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and
Lebbeus Woods is present in many of his pieces. Many themes that define Bruvel’s work culminate in his most recent series, “Bending the Lines.” At first glance, we recognize the ever-prevailing human form but are instantly transfixed by the thousands of wooden shafts that comprise the work. The pixelated outlines mimic our complex neural pathways, while his use of gradient color reinforces our minds’ interconnectedness. The wood is charred to show the impact of natural phenomena on the physical form and its inherently transient nature, which is transformed by the passage of time, revealing further patterns and detail. Gil Bruvel was born in Australia, but raised in the South of France. He currently resides in Wimberley, Texas. Represented by a host of galleries worldwide, Bruvel exhibits extensively and is the recipient of numerous awards.

EVENTS & EXHIBITION

Gil has been continuously exhibiting his work throughout the world over the past
44 years in countries including France, Japan, Singapore, Monaco, Indonesia, Hungary, England, Dubai,
United States, Denmark, Germany, Australia, Spain, France, China, and The Netherlands.
Below are the most recent exhibitions and shows within his career:
2019
1/10/19 – 1/13/19 Palm Beach Palm Beach
Modern & Contemporary Modern & Contemporary
West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
1/23/19 – 1/27/19 LA ART SHOW Los Angeles
Modern & Contemporary Convention Center
Los Angeles, California, USA
2/15/19 – 3/23/19 Here and Now Laura Rathe Fine Art
Dallas, Texas, USA

2/21/19 – 2/24/19 ART KARLSRUHE Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center Rheinstetten, Germany
5/2/19 – 5/5/19 ART NEW YORK Pier 94 New York City, New York, USA
4/25/19 – 4/28/19 Art Market San Francisco Fort Mason San Francisco, California, USA Center/Festival Pavilion
6/27/19 – 6/31/19 Give Me Wood Momentum Gallery Asheville, North Carolina, USA
7/5/19 – 7/7/19 Market Art + Design at Bridgehampton Museum The Bridgehampton Museum Bridgehampton, New York, USA

8/15/19 – 9/20/19 Summer Light Laura Rathe Fine Art Houston, Texas, USA
12/3/19 – 12/8/19 ART MIAMI Art Miami Pavilion Miami, Florida, USA
2019 Aart Aart Shenzhen,China

2018

2/17/18 – 3/24/18 To the Future: Laura Rathe Fine Art Fifth Anniversary Exhibition Dallas, Texas, USA
3/21/18 – 4/26/18 Gil Bruvel – Bending the Lines Laura Rathe Fine Art Houston, Texas, USA
8/4/18 – 9/29/18 10 Years 10 Artists Octavia Art Gallery New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
8/25/18 Artist in Attendance Russell Collection Austin, Texas, USA Fine Art Gallery
9/19/18 – 10/7/18 Art Prize 2018 Devos Place Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Convention Center

10/4/18 – 10/7/18 Texas Contemporary George R. Brown Houston, Texas, USA Convention Center
12/4/18 – 12/9/18 ART MIAMI ART MIAMI Pavilion Miami, Florida, USA
12/4/18 – 12/9/18 Context- ART MIAMI Former Miami Herald Site Miami, Florida, USA
2018 Aart Aart Shenzhen,China

2017

1/12/17 – 1/15/17 ART STAGE Singapore Marina Bay Sands Singapore
2/16/17 – 2/20/17 ART WYNWOOD ART Wynwood Pavilion Miami, Florida, USA
2/16/17 – 2/19/17 ART KARLSRUHE Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center Germany
4/27/17 – 4/30/17 Art Market San Francisco Fort Mason San Francisco, California, USA Center/Festival Pavilion
5/3/17 – 5/8/17 ART NEW YORK Pier 94 New York, New York, USA
5/6/17 – 8/6/17 Venice Art Biennale Bugno Art Gallery’s Giardini and Arsenale, Italy Modern & Contemporary Art

7/6/17 – 7/9/17 Market Art + Design at Bridgehampton Museum The Bridgehampton Museum Bridgehampton, New York, USA
8/3/17 – 8/6/17 ART ASPEN Aspen Ice Garden Aspen, Colorado, USA
8/11/17 – 8/13/17 Art Stage Jakarta Sherton Grand Indonesia Jakarta Gandaria
9/13/17 – 9/17/17 Contemporary Istanbul The Istanbul Convention Istanbul & Exhibition Centre Venue
9/13/17 – 9/17/17 AAF New York The Metropolitan Pavilion New York, New York, USA
10/3/17 – 10/4/17 ICFF Miami Greater Fort Lauderdale/Miami, Florida, USA Broward County Convention Centre
12/5/17 – 12/10/17 CONTEXT- ART MIAMI ART MIAMI Miami, Florida, USA
2017 Aart Aart Shenzhen, China

2016

5/21/16 – 7/2/16 Ethos Group Exhibition Laura Rathe Fine Art Houston, Texas, USA
6/4/16 – 6/30/16 Color/Shape/Form Chloe Fine Arts Gallery San Francisco, California, USA
7/7/16 – 7/11/16 NOVA’s Ark Project ART MIAMI Art Southampton, NY, USA
8/4/16 – 8/7/16 ART ASPEN Aspen Ice Garden Aspen, Colorado, USA
9/22/16 – 9/25/16 The City’s Fair Houston Fine Art Fair Houston, Texas, USA
11/3/16 – 11/6/16 SOFA Chicago 2016 Navy Pier Festival Hall Chicago, Illinois, USA

11/30/16 – 12/4/16 CONTEXT – ART MIAMI ART MIAMI Miami, Florida, USA
12/1/16 – 12/5/16 Palm Beach County Convention Villa del ARTE galleries West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

2015

2/12/15 – 2/16/15 ART WYNWOOD Laura Rathe Fine Art Miami, Florida, USA

2/21/15 Seeing Double Laura Rathe Fine Art Dallas, Texas, USA

3/13/15 – 3/15/15 Collaboration Kathryn Goodnite Austin, Texas, USA Laura Rathe Fine Art
3/2/15 – 3/29/15 Art Paris Jan Kossen Contemporary Paris, France

7/11/15 – 8/31/15 Double Vision Laura Rathe Fine Art Houston, Texas, USA

8/1/15 – 8/31/15 Symmetric Equivalence Octavia Art Gallery New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

9/9/15 – 9/12/15 Houston Art Fair 2015 NRG Center Houston, Texas, USA
10/1/15 – 10/4/15 Texas Contemporary Art Fair George R. Brown Houston, Texas, USA Convention Center

Articles:

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  PBS News Hour : Artist Interview and 360 experience of artwork

Flow Series – Monumental / Gil Bruvel

TRT World : The art of Gil Bruvel

Cultura Colectiva Plus : ArtistiCC – These Faces are Made with Thousands of Sticks

Juxtapoz magazine

Colossal  – Pixelated Wooden Faces By Gil Bruvel

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