Gil Bruvel

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After spending the first four years of his life in Sydney, Australia, Gil Bruvel and his family moved to the quaint village of Istres, in the South of France. There his parents, both accomplished pianists, nurtured the creative spark they recognized in their youngest son, by providing formal drawing instruction at the age of nine. By age twelve, he had produced his first oil painting and manifested a growing obsession with what was to become his life's passion-the world of art.

In the classical tradition, Bruvel began a rigorous apprenticeship at a restoration workshop at the age of fourteen. Under his instructor's close supervision and guidance, Bruvel labored diligently to learn a wide spectrum of techniques and styles spanning the 15th through the 20th century. At the same time, he absorbed the history, architecture, culture, and literature of these times in order to restore great works of art. Through his training, he received and developed the ability to produce traditional portraits, landscapes, still lifeís, and nude studies.

In spite of the exhausting hours of restoration and study, the budding artist managed to find time to develop his own imaginative painting style. At the age of sixteen, his had his first highly successful exhibit staged at the Musee des Baux-de-Provenance, in France. Shortly thereafter, seeking to broaden his creative foundation, Bruvel immersed himself more deeply into his imagination, spending time studying cosmogony, mythology, astronomy, and ancient Sanskrit.

Over the next few years he continued to experiment with his art, strengthening his imagery and developing a creative vision that stretched objects beyond the boundaries of their natural form.

The result of his extensive studies, was a distinctive style, a style that he prefers to call 'visionary," reflecting a clear conscious state of mind, as opposed to "surrealistic," reflecting dream states.

Since his first solo exhibition in 1976, Bruvel has exhibited with overwhelming success throughout Western Europe, Japan, Singapore, Hungary, and the United States.

Today the artist is reaching out to a broader spectrum of society, sharing with the public his artistic concept and imperative to observe nature and probe beyond its apparent reality. However, what is most exciting is the anticipation of Bruvel's works to come.






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