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

Wimberley, Texas artist, Gil Bruvel.

 

As a child he began e xpressing 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—a sell-out—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