Gil Bruvel is a sculptor that has created a truly one-of-kind and challenging set of sculptures using hundreds and thousands of wood sticks. These serene faces look like pixelated portraits, giving them a striking appearance. The faces are anonymous, and their striking colors bring out the best of their features. This collection of breathtaking masks and steel sculptures is currently at Galerie Montemarte, as part of an exhibition named “Face to Face.”
Bruvel’s father is a cabinetmaker and thanks to him, Bruvel had a close association with wood since childhood. After learning woodworking from his father, he deepened his knowledge at a restoration workshop. Using his vast knowledge of the subject, he’s able to create mesmerizing portraits that leave a lasting impression on the viewers. In order to treat his wood naturally, Bruvel uses a Japanese wood-burning mechanism called “yakisugi”, which turns the wood into deep charcoal color. Later, he paints the burnt wood sticks in colors that bring out the emotions we feel. The textures added to the end product vary depending on what kind of wood is used and for how long it has been burnt.
However, wood isn’t the only medium Bruvel uses for his crafts. Another series of him, titled “Flow” is also shown in the exhibition. This series features steel sculptures. The faces of these sculptures are created using steel strips and strands. They are skillfully and carefully molded to bring out intricate facial features. Through these serene creations. Bruvel hopes to make the viewer feel calm and peaceful. So, share your thoughts about these unique and evocative sculptures in the comments.