The first clue that Gil Bruvel is preoccupied with what’s going on in our heads is the stainless steel human skull sitting outside his Texas home and studio.
Unlike the quintessential sun-bleached steer skull from Western lore, Bruvel’s sculpture is formed from ribbon-thick lines of steel that reflect the Texas rays, appearing to move while remaining perfectly still.
From that moment, walking into Bruvel’s home is a sensory overload. Lots of artwork patiently waits in rooms and hallways as he prepares for an upcoming gallery show. The array of materials — paints, pencils, acrylics, bronze, cardboard, and more — point to a creator with many different pursuits, and many different mediums.
Continuing in his Bending the Lines series, Gil Bruvel will be exhibiting a selection of artwork with Chloe Fine Arts at the Art Market San Francisco April 25 – 28th, 2019. To give some insight to the creative process that makes Gil Bruvel accessible, Pat Green, a three-time Grammy-nominated Texas musician and close friend to Gil joined him for lunch and an interview at Bruvels home.
Artist Gil Bruvel doesn’t confine himself to one method of producing creative work. Whether painting, sculpting, or creating functional art, Bruvel’s creative energy flows through each of his pieces. For his Bending the Lines series, the Australian-born, French-raised artist uses simple materials to express complex metaphors.
In recent work, Gil Bruvel carefully arranges pieces of wood, with startling faces emerging. This is just one example of the sculptor’s work, which also spans metalworking, oil painting, and several other mediums. The artist’s larger sculptures, in particular, tend to render the human head in unexpected ways.
Wood. Paint. Meditative process. The latest series by Gil Bruvel has seen a shift in his artistic unmaterial of choice. This comes with no surprise from this innovative artist, who is consistently pushing his artwork to new heights. Containing large wall sculptures and pixelated forms, this series has been well received. With his artistic representation by Frederic Got Gallery, this series was presented and sold at Art CONTEXT and Art MIAMI in December 2018 and the Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary in early January 2019. The individuality that exists within each artwork of Bending the Lines can be accredited to both the material and Bruvel’s precise hand. Taking lengths of straight lumber and splitting them into wood sticks ranging in size, a meticulous effort was made by Bruvel to create enthralling artworks of great topographical depth.
Gil Bruvel is proud to announce his association with the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery in Austin, Texas. Russell Collection is a world-class gallery filled with museum quality art who set out to offer something different to the serious art collector in central Texas.
Russell Collection Fine Art has assembled a permanent collection that includes approximately 100 original works spanning the history of art from 1600 to the present, making it the premier visual arts gallery in central Texas. Located in the heart of one of the most unique and diverse cities in the world, the gallery uses its collection and resources to provide educational and cultural experiences for the people who live in, work in, and visit Austin. Russell Collection Fine Art offers an outstanding schedule of special exhibitions and lectures for patrons.
What has always impressed us about Gil Bruvel is his ability to push the limits. Not only on the medium he is working with, which, like what he showed at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse in Miami were stainless steel sculptures, but just testing the limits of how he approaches new materials and narratives in his work. His newest solo show, Bending the Lines, which opens at Laura Rathe Fine Art in Houston on March 21st, sees the artist working with wood and exploring the boundaries of the material in a new series of almost painting-like-sculptures.
Come out and meet Gil Bruvel on Friday night, December 8th!
Basel House is the one place during Art Basel Week where hip art and eclectic music meet. Over the past few years Basel House has become known as the spot where local working artists come to decompress and listen to music. Inevitably they start painting, partying and things get interesting. This year we return to our home in the Wynwood Art District with our takeover of the Old RC Cola Plant and Surrounding Streets, including nightly music and live art during Miami Art Basel Week.
At night the event will come alive with an interactive digital projection and VR Playground. The FREE Mural Festival will offer live painting, unique art installations, live, music, late-night DJs, mural tours, an art & lifestyle vendor market place, food trucks, and OMG Instagram-worthy desserts.
In addition, you can watch the creation process of the first mural in Wynwood to be painted by a robot or take part in the Street Skool, where you can join panel discussions, workshops, and networking sessions with industry peers.
More information here: https://baselhouse.com/
CORSO ZUNDERT is a film about the people of Zundert,a village in the South of Holland, who collaborate to create extravagant, flower-covered floats on a monumental scale for “the largest corso in the world.” The short film follows artist Gil Bruvel as he discovers this unique community and what drives them to carry on this 80-year tradition of collaboration with their neighbors to create spectacular art for art's sake.
Premiering on Colossal, CORSO ZUNDERT is a film about the people of Zundert — a village in the South of Holland — who collaborate to create extravagant, flower-covered floats on a monumental scale for “the largest corso in the world.” The short film follows award-winning artist Gil Bruvel as he discovers this unique community and what drives them to carry on this 80-year tradition of collaboration with their neighbors to create spectacular art for art’s sake.
Since we are suckers for amazing sculpture, this piece by Gil Bruvel is at the top of our list. Called “Flowing,” the piece represents sharing life together and being lost in our own private worlds at the same time. The Australian-born, French-raised artist works using modern technologies like 3D modeling and old-world practices like metal casting to create his amazing works.
Gil Bruvel, the renowned multidisciplinary artist based in Texas, has created a new chapter of his seminal Flow Series sculptures. Evolving from organic form and inspired by nature, this body of patina bronze castings has ranged from ethereal representations of human or animal forms to abstract patterns and material objects. Now he turns his talents and collection to design, with a limited edition series of functional fixtures created in the same visionary vein. This master craftsman now uses his gift of manipulating form into practical pieces of furniture, namely the Flow Series: Functional Art.
Gil Bruvel is proud to support The Pat Green Foundation and will be in attendance at this year's Texas National Golf Tournament in Pebble Beach, California. The Texas National Golf Tournament is the brain child of recording artist Pat Green, a long time supporter of worthy charities and good works.
I am honored to announce the news that I will attend Corso Zundert in the Netherlands to share in this annual celebration of artistry. This festival is the largest flower parade and competition of its kind in the world, marking the incredible annual blooms of local dahlias since 1936. My sculptural work, specifically the Flow Series, was the key inspiration behind one of the floats entitled "Seized By The Wind" which will be constructed throughout the summer and then adorned with thousands of flowers for this year's event.
Gil Bruvel's The Well is featured in and on the cover of this month's CODAmagazine.
Gil Bruvel is proud to announce that his sculpture The Wind is featured on the cover of this year's An Art Prize Anthology for 2015. The book is on sale now at the Grand Rapids Museum. The Wind was a finalist in Art Prize 2014.
We proudly announce that Gil Bruvel has been selected by World Vision to be the creator of their Water Warrior Award to be presented to their delegated major donors. His design was chosen from many other artist entries as the best expression of World Vision’s altruistic efforts.
For the price of an App ($1.99) you can download this eBook about Gil Bruvel's stainless steel sculptures and mixed media, including his Flow Series, new Chess Set as well as his new Cubist Series.
In her new space, Gallery 702, Kathryn Goodnite explores a wide range of tastes, shapes and sizes, to create a magically curated space for art....
For her recent event "Lyrical Art", a benefit for local music non-profit One World Theater, she sought the works of uber talented artists: Geoffrey Laurence, Mary Buck, Joseph Adolphe, George Krause, Winn Whitman and the incomparable Gil Bruvel.
During his more than thirty-year career, Gil Bruvel has passionately followed an ever-changing, organic flow of artistic expression as it has moved through a series of mediums and forms. Each one is a reflection of the artist’s aesthetic sensibility and thoughtful perspective at the time, while continuously remaining open to the inner nudges inherent in a truly creative life. And in each approach—from surrealist-inspired and fantastical imagery to three-dimensional functional and sculptural art, to the current Flow series—he has drawn on threads of creative stimulus and artistic mastery that began very early on.
As the son of a renowned cabinetmaker in southern France, Gil absorbed precision of hand and an eye for design. Studies in the fundamentals of drawing and sculpture began when he was nine. Later, apprenticeship in an art restoration workshop provided an excellent art history education with intimate, hands-on insight into techniques of the Old Masters as well as a fluency in 20th-century art. By the time the young artist set up his own studio, he was combining these and other creative sources with a finely honed eye for recurring patterns and motifs in the natural world. In 1990 he settled in the United States and now lives near Austin, Texas.
Gil Bruvel is a “Jack of all Trades” of the art world. Born in 1959 in Australia, he soon moved back to his roots in the South of France. The influences of the iconic landscapes and light of Provence soon led him to art studies, encouraged by his father who introduced him to wood craft. Gil spent years restoring French monuments, concurrently with his own art experiments. He tried his hand at bronze sculpture, mixed media and functional art, creating incredible pieces of design such as chandeliers and chess sets. Gil also mastered painting, playing with 3D effects that reminds of great names such as Dali and Bosch. His weakness for imaginary worlds can also be found in his sculptural work, clearly marked by surrealism and fantasy. Now based in Texas and exhibiting his work all over the world, Gil Bruvel has dedicated himself to pushing the boundaries of contemporary art and beauty even further.
His latest series called The Flow features intricate masterpieces. Using sinuous ribbons of cast stainless steel, he has created dynamic and graceful portraits of women and couples. His “ribbons of energy” express the fluidity of life and discuss the relationship between the physical plane, atomic constitution and metaphoric realms. Beautiful and moving, his creations induce a reflection on the ephemeral nature of our lives, their connections with others and nature.
Texas-based sculptor Gil Bruvel manipulates ribbons of cast stainless steel to create spectacular figurative sculptures for his Flow series. Each form is energized with fluid, flowing lines of metal that appear all-at-once sturdy and fragile. Each metallic strand serves as a piece of Bruvel's captivating puzzle, all of which work in unison to depict "the natural strength and quiet majesty inherent in integrating the various levels of existence."
Bruvel's collection often features a sense of duality. In his piece titled Dichotomy, the artist presents the bust of his figure constructed in two patterns. One half of the sculpture consists of vertical lines, while the other half is composed of horizontal ribbons. Each half incorporates his signature style of fluidity, making it seem as though the malleable material is forcibly windswept, causing ripples in its shape. The artist's statement reads: "Bruvel’s ribbons of energy may flow in parallel streams, yet they convey the subtle and complex human intersections of beauty and pain, inner and outer, the ephemeral and the eternal now."
Bruvel will be exhibiting a selection of his work at Chloe Gallery in San Francisco, starting June 30th
Though cast from bands of stainless steel ribbons, these figurative sculptures by Texas-based artist Gil Bruvel seem more fluid than solid, as if the wind could simply blow them apart. The works above are all part of the artist’s Flow series that he says are meant to reveal “an essential underlying fluidity that exists simultaneously within the physical, quantum, and metaphoric realms.” Bruvel was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1959 and he began learning the basics of sculpting at the age of nine before embarking on an artist career that now spans nearly 40 years. If you’re in San Francisco next month you can catch Bruvel’s work at Chloe Gallery starting June 30th.
Imagine a moment where breath, focus, movement, and being are so exquisitely
synchronized there is no need for thought. The quintessence of true power and
incomparable beauty are held in that glimmering instant, which paradoxically contains all
the unfolding time required for each split-second decision, every perfect turn and move.
An athlete performs, a driver surges to the front of the pack, an artist creates—and the
mundane, complex world disappears. Nothing exists but the pure intensely of this
shimmering moment outside of time. Then the spell is broken: The flag goes down and
spectators resume their chatter; the artist rinses his brushes and puts them away. But
the ephemeral, unforgettable glimpse of brilliance remains. We caught its shine. We felt
its magic. We were momentarily part of its magnificent flow.