Gil Bruvel

Gil Bruvel

Gil Bruvel
Gil Bruvel (b. 1959, French) Gil Bruvel is one of the world’s most celebrated Magical Realist artists working today. What’s more, his repertory comprises sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, objets d’art, and even online-gaming art! His Magical Realist style draws on the historic Comédie Française, Commedia dell’arte of Italy, and the English Harlequinade – classic entertaining troupes of Old Europe, whose imagery even Picasso adopted in his Blue and Pink periods. The Carnevale of Venice also figures into Bruvel’s iconography and characterizations, while his stylizations extend into neo-Renaissance, neo-Classic, Fantastical, surrealist, science fiction, and New-Age visionary art. Bruvel’s luminous, meticulously detailed paintings demonstrate nuances from this fascinating and informed mélange of sources that reflect Bruvel’s training and studies in art and art history from an early age. But where his thoroughly hybridized landscapes and visions come from can often be enigmatic and just as mysterious as the finished works themselves. Bruvel was born in Sydney, Australia in 1959 to French parents.  When he was four years old, the family moved back to France. Gil’s avid appetite for art led his parents to enroll him in a prestigious restoration workshop when he was 14. Due to his young age, instructor Laurent de Montcassin put him on a probationary period of six months, during which difficult assignments were piled on the young artist in an effort to discourage him. This only served to pique Gil’s interest and motivate him more. As a full-fledged student at the workshop, Gil mastered techniques dating back to the 1400s to restore masterpieces, such as a ceiling fresco in a 17th-century Renaissance chapel.* He also took college-level art and art-history courses. The hands-on restoration experience and his history studies gave the artist an appreciation and knowledge of different eras and cultures that continue to influence his artistic style to this day. *(He has, more recently, been commissioned to do ceiling frescoes on a $15M mansion in Texas!)   SELECTED SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS2017     Chloe Gallery, Art Market, San Francisco, CA 2013     Chloe Gallery, Wimberley, TX              Jan Kossen Contemporary, Art Basel Miami, FL              Re-Art/Marcel Salome, Dreamscapes Exhibition, Viechtach, Germany 2011     Dolce Gallery, Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, CO              Fantasmus Art, Hilleroed Bibliotek, Denmark 2010     St. George Cathedral, Perth, Australia 2008     Fantasmus, Copenhagen, Denmark              “The Hotel Show,” Ex One/Metaltec Innovations, Dubai              Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA              Sculpture in the Park, “23rd Annual Exhibition,” Loveland, CO 2007     Anchorage Museum of History & Fine Art, Planes, Trains and Automobiles:              A History of Transportation in America, AK              De Gouden Phoenix, Venus & the Female Intuition, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands              Princesse de Kiev, Venus & the Female Intuition, Nice, France 1976     Musée des Baux-de-Provence, France, solo show   SELECTED PRIZES, HONORS & AWARDS 2010     ‘Public Prize,’ “St. George & the Dragon,” International Juried Sculpture Competition,              St. George’s Cathedral, Perth, Australia 2009     ‘Honorable Mention,’ “George’s Horse,” stainless steel & bronze sculpture,              Gateway to the Imagination, Nationally Juried Competition, Farmington Museum, NM 2008     ‘Best in Show,’ “The Oracle,” mixed-media sculpture,              Gateway to the Imagination, Farmington Museum, NM              ‘First Place,’ “Chess Set, The Natural-vs-Mechanical Worlds,” mixed-Media,              objet d’art sculpture, Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX 2007     ‘Honorable Mentions,’ “The Builder,” stainless steel and bronze; “Dream of Earth,”              bronze sculptures, Gateway to the Imagination, Farmington Museum, NM 2006     ‘First Place,’ “Balance, The Passage” and “Dream of Water,” bronze sculptures,              Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, TX 2006     ‘Best in Show,’ “The Passage,” bronze sculpture, Gateway to the Imagination, Farmington Museum, NM              ‘Award of Excellence,’ “Balance,” New Jersey Equine Artists’ Association, Bedminster, NJ 1987     ‘Bronze Medal,’ Palais des Congrès, Paris, France   BIBLIOGRAPHY 2013     Dreamscapes V: Contemporary Imaginary Realism, anthology 2011     Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Underwood Books, anthology              IMAGINAIRE IV: Contemporary Magic Realism, Fantasmus Art, Denmark, anthology 2010     Spectrum 17: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Underwood Books, Nevada City, CA, anthology              IMAGINAIRE III: Contemporary Magic Realism, anthology              IMAGINAIRE II: Magic Realism 2010, Edition Brusen, Fantasmus Art, anthology 2008     IMAGINAIRE: Magic Realism, Claus Brusen, anthology 2007     Dreamscape 2: The Best of Imaginary Realism, Salbru Publishing, Wimberley, TX 2006     Dreamscape: The Best of Imaginary Realism, Salbru Publishing 2001     Timeless Travelers, Portraiture by Gil Bruvel, Wimberley 1994     Reality of a Dreamer, Volume II, Eastern Printing Co, Bangkok, Thailand 1992     Reality of a Dreamer, Dai Nippon Printing, Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan   SELECTED COMMISSION 1999     Domestic housing design – works of art, fixtures, installations: ceiling painting, paintings              and sculptures, stonework, columns, stained-glass windows, doors, door handles, bas-relief,              flooring, newel post, handrails, etc., Houston, TX
Artist

Artwork

Abstract Knight, 2015
Gil Bruvel

Abstract Knight, 2015

Bronze Sculpture

10 x 8 x 4 in

Born to Rebel
Gil Bruvel

Born to Rebel

Bronze Bar Stools

30.50 x 16 x 16 in

Cubist #13
Gil Bruvel

Cubist #13

Wood and Resin on Wood Panel and chrome balls

32.50 x 43 x 13 in

Cubist #8
Gil Bruvel

Cubist #8

Wood and Resin on Wood Panel

49 x 35 x 12 in

Equilateral Apex Stool, 2016
Gil Bruvel

Equilateral Apex Stool, 2016

Stainless Steel

18 x 17 x 17 in

Galileo's Chair
Gil Bruvel

Galileo's Chair

Bronze Furniture

49 x 37 x 34 in

My Mirror Remains
Gil Bruvel

My Mirror Remains

Stainless Steel

28 x 24 x 15 in

Rain
Gil Bruvel

Rain

Stainless Steel

20 x 15 x 18 in

The Gallaxy, 2017
Gil Bruvel

The Gallaxy, 2017

Bronze Furniture

30 x 45 x 43.50 in

ZigZag Impulse Chair, 2016
Gil Bruvel

ZigZag Impulse Chair, 2016

Stainless Steel

44 x 27 x 23 in

At the Edge
Gil Bruvel

At the Edge

Mixed Media on Board

12 x 9 in

Bloom
Gil Bruvel

Bloom

tempera on board

8.50 x 7 in

Escape Artist, Study
Gil Bruvel

Escape Artist, Study

tempera on board

12 x 12 in

Journey #4
Gil Bruvel

Journey #4

Oil on Paper

15 x 30 in

Realite Debordante
Gil Bruvel

Realite Debordante

oil on board

16 x 12 in

Scent #6
Gil Bruvel

Scent #6

Oil on Canvas

24 x 24 in

The Four Meanings Of Two
Gil Bruvel

The Four Meanings Of Two

Giclee on Canvas

41 x 47 in

Tightrope Walker
Gil Bruvel

Tightrope Walker

Giclee on Canvas

36 x 30 in

Psyche
Gil Bruvel

Psyche

Giclee on Canvas

23 x 18 in

Abstract Pawn
Gil Bruvel

Abstract Pawn

Bronze Sculpture with Patina

20 x 16 x 14 in

Checkmate (Chess Set)
Gil Bruvel

Checkmate (Chess Set)

mixed media

12 x 38 x 38 in

Cubist #3
Gil Bruvel

Cubist #3

Wood and Resin on Wood Panel

49 x 35 x 12 in

Cubist #9
Gil Bruvel

Cubist #9

Wood and Resin on Wood Panel

49 x 35 x 12 in

Figurative Queen, 2015
Gil Bruvel

Figurative Queen, 2015

Bronze Sculpture

12 x 6 x 4 in

George's Horse
Gil Bruvel

George's Horse

Stainless Steel

19 x 34 x 10 in

Never Ending
Gil Bruvel

Never Ending

Stainless Steel

30 x 37 x 22 in

The Builder
Gil Bruvel

The Builder

Bronze Sculpture

20 x 12 x 12 in

The Ponder Pad
Gil Bruvel

The Ponder Pad

Bronze Furniture

18 x 15 x 14 in

Adrift
Gil Bruvel

Adrift

Graphite and Acrylic on Board

12 x 12 in

At the Edge of the Garden
Gil Bruvel

At the Edge of the Garden

Acrylic and Graphite on Watercolor Board

12 x 12 in

Bloom #2
Gil Bruvel

Bloom #2

Tempera on Board

10 x 10 in

Guided
Gil Bruvel

Guided

Oil on Canvas

24 x 24 in

Justice
Gil Bruvel

Justice

Oil on Canvas

30.50 x 35 in

Scent #1
Gil Bruvel

Scent #1

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 in

Scent #7
Gil Bruvel

Scent #7

Oil on Canvas

24 x 24 in

The Gift
Gil Bruvel

The Gift

Giclee on Canvas

21 x 17 in

What Time Is It
Gil Bruvel

What Time Is It

Giclee on Canvas

30 x 32 in

Read Between the Lines
Gil Bruvel

Read Between the Lines

Giclee on Canvas

40 x 30 in

Abstract Queen, 2015
Gil Bruvel

Abstract Queen, 2015

Bronze Sculpture

12 x 5 x 4 in

Cubist #1
Gil Bruvel

Cubist #1

Wood and Resin on Wood Panel

49 x 35 x 12 in

Cubist #5
Gil Bruvel

Cubist #5

Wood and Resin on Wood Panel

49 x 35 x 12 in

Dichotomy
Gil Bruvel

Dichotomy

Stainless Steel

28 x 27 x 14 in

Flowing
Gil Bruvel

Flowing

Stainless Steel

20 x 27 x 14 in

Glimmer
Gil Bruvel

Glimmer

Bronze Sculpture

5 x 27 x 10 in

One Voice
Gil Bruvel

One Voice

Stainless Steel

20 x 15 x 10 in

The Descent, 2016
Gil Bruvel

The Descent, 2016

Bronze

8 x 10 x 6.50 in

The River
Gil Bruvel

The River

Stainless Steel

28 x 26 x 17 in

Alter Ego
Gil Bruvel

Alter Ego

Gouache Oil Pastel & Color Pencil

13.50 x 12 in

At the Source
Gil Bruvel

At the Source

Oil on Canvas

16 x 30 in

Carried Away
Gil Bruvel

Carried Away

graphite and gouache on board

28.50 x 28.50 in

Journey #2
Gil Bruvel

Journey #2

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40 in

Memory Box
Gil Bruvel

Memory Box

Acrylic and Graphite on Watercolor Board

12 x 12 in

Scent #2
Gil Bruvel

Scent #2

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 in

The Balance of Sleep
Gil Bruvel

The Balance of Sleep

Acrylic and Graphite on Watercolor Board

12 x 12 in

The Hand of Nature
Gil Bruvel

The Hand of Nature

Giclee on Canvas

24 x 18 in

Earth Angel
Gil Bruvel

Earth Angel

Giclee on Canvas

31 x 31 in

Telltale Heart
Gil Bruvel

Telltale Heart

Giclee on Canvas

22 x 29 in

Apex (Pedestal)
Gil Bruvel

Apex (Pedestal)

Stainless Steel

27 x 7 x 21 in

Cubist #12
Gil Bruvel

Cubist #12

Wood and Resin on Wood Panel and chrome balls

43 x 32.50 x 13 in

Cubist #6
Gil Bruvel

Cubist #6

Wood and Resin on Wood Panel

49 x 35 x 12 in

Dichotomy Chair, 2016
Gil Bruvel

Dichotomy Chair, 2016

316l stainless steel

32 x 25 x 21 in

Found In Oz
Gil Bruvel

Found In Oz

Bronze Furniture

44 x 75 x 32 in

Mermaid (2013, Large)
Gil Bruvel

Mermaid (2013, Large)

Bronze Sculpture

21 x 40 x 18 in

Peet & Re-Peet
Gil Bruvel

Peet & Re-Peet

Bronze Furniture

18 x 82 x 26 in

The Descent
Gil Bruvel

The Descent

Stainless Steel

10 x 6 x 7.50 in

The Wind
Gil Bruvel

The Wind

Stainless Steel

16 x 22 x 14 in

Apex (Trophy)
Gil Bruvel

Apex (Trophy)

Stainless Steel

15 x 11 x 4 in

Balance #2
Gil Bruvel

Balance #2

Acrylic and Graphite on Watercolor Board

20 x 10 in

Chemistry
Gil Bruvel

Chemistry

Tempera on Board

24 x 24 in

Journey #3
Gil Bruvel

Journey #3

Oil on Paper

15 x 30 in

Portrait #22
Gil Bruvel

Portrait #22

oil on board

8.37 x 8.37 in

Scent #4
Gil Bruvel

Scent #4

Oil on Canvas

24 x 24 in

The Engagement
Gil Bruvel

The Engagement

Oil on Board

24 x 24 in

The Vessel
Gil Bruvel

The Vessel

Tempera on Board

24 x 24 in

Origin
Gil Bruvel

Origin

Giclee on Canvas

24 x 19 in

Tenuous Light Of The Dream
Gil Bruvel

Tenuous Light Of The Dream

Giclee on Canvas

14 x 19 in

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