Artist. Sculptor. Creative Force. Dreamer. Visionary. Craftsman. Aesthete.
The first seven of many monikers that come to mind when considering the force of will that is contained in the artwork and mind of the artist, Gil Bruvel.
Operating seamlessly between the new art technology that he designs with and historical practices in which he is well-versed, Gil Bruvel embodies the modern Renaissance man. Bruvels visions are rooted in his training but shine brilliant with his growth as an artistic revolutionary.
Gil Bruvel’s most recent art collections consist of the Bending the Lines series, the Flow series, the Cubist series, his functional art collection, the chess boards and his evocative paintings: all embracing a sense of meditative serenity. Strong but fluid, his artwork speaks to his surrounding environments, his love for the beauty of human form and his sense of geometric experimentation.
This organic conversation not only reflects the otherworldliness of a thinking artist, but grants insight to a thriving communicative collaboration with each piece. His team of assistants, casters, and friends all seem to be integrated with his process while maintaining a singular voice that could only come from Gil Bruvel himself. Adapting with the world around him, his artwork has reached the eyes of many, traveling out into the world, adorning every level of class and institution.
Continually fearless, Bruvel now looks to expand his sculptural series into single editions of a more provocative nature. This is an artist not lost in his own process, but constantly in conversation with the movements and changes in the larger conversation within the contemporary art world.
Gil Bruvel has the advantage of true craftsmanship on his side to birth extraordinary pieces that add a new and unforeseen side of this modern master of mediums. The rise of formal aestheticism as a new avenue for bold contemporary art will be revealed in this new unique body of work from Gil Bruvel.
…The variation can be infinite. Every possibility can be there at any time. It’s not magic, but it feels like magic…
~ Gil Bruvel
Gil Bruvel politely declines to describe his work using words ending in ism, not because they categorize, but perhaps because they imply that his work exists within certain boundaries, or that it has somehow completed its evolution.
His artistic journey began as a young boy of great intelligence and promising creative imagination. Growing up in the south of France, Gil was immersed in Europe’s rich cultural atmosphere. Supported and encouraged by his family and teachers as a young artist, Bruvel was free to follow and express his vision. Overflowing with a boundless sense of curiosity, self-discovery, and creative drive, he continues his intellectual and emotional adventure, constantly exploring new creative methods and tools. Meticulously trained in art history, artistic tools ,and techniques that span through a period of six centuries, the results are complex, intriguing art works that visually define themselves with far more ability than any isms that might be employed to label his art.
Bruvel’s artistic process is to begin with the observation, gathering, and coalescence of mental, sensory, and emotional images and impressions, from the smallest to the universal, which he thoroughly processes over time before even touching his art-making implements; sketching pencil, brushes, or modeling tools. By then a clear vision has emerged, guiding the artist to what a piece is intended to be. As he translates this vision into material form, he is unencumbered by adherence to any notion of commodity or trend. Consequently, what he creates is always genuine and thought provoking.
As a child he began expressing himself through drawing and painting. Born of French parents in Australia in 1959, Bruvel was raised in southern France. His father’s cabinetmaking shop became a classroom, Gil learning early on about precision and three-dimensional design by carving and creating in wood. As a young teen he was accepted into a respected art restoration workshop, where he received an intensive hands-on education in art techniques and history. He began visiting the United States in the mid-1980s, had his first American solo show in Laguna Beach, Ca. in 1988, and settled in this country in 1990.
Since then, Bruvel has passionately pursued an organic surge of artistic expression through a range of mediums and forms. Among them: painting, graphite pencil, bronze-casting, functional furniture, mixed media, public sculpture, and works in stainless steel. “I find continual and ever-changing inspiration in the constant observation of the infinite layers within my surroundings,” Bruvel says. “If there is an intention to understand and completely open oneself up to what is being observed, then patterns start to define themselves and intuitively assemble into interesting pieces of artwork.”
Having a deep understanding of art history, it is inevitable that certain artists influenced and inspired Bruvel’s approach. Early on these tended to be the surrealists, including Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, and Giorgio de Chirico. Later, painters such as Francis Bacon and Robert Matta were among the sparks that fired his imaginative flame. “When I was a young artist it was all about the impulse, instincts, the single-minded vision to create something mostly from feelings and images popping into my mind.”
These days Bruvel is particularly drawn to the originality and sculptural vision of certain architects, among them, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Lebbeus Woods. Still, he moves effortlessly from one medium to the next, with his perception and intuitive ability to retain ephemeral images as they flicker through his sensory, emotional, and intellectual fields. For Gil, the act of creating art is synonymous with the discovery of such images, while seeking to translate ephemeral qualities of human experience into solid form. The sensation of wind across the skin or the exquisitely subtle energy arc that bridges distance, either immeasurably small or overwhelmingly vast; seemingly random patterns that emerge and coalesce.
The beauty of Bruvel’s achievement is that unseen elements of nature are given life in such aesthetically compelling, wonderfully tangible, touchable form that we can sense what his work suggests without need for words. We know, with pleasure, that Gil Bruvel’s personal creative well will not run dry.