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In Gil Bar-Tur’s paintings, the image of a tree is a metaphor for the evolving self and an expression of the universal élan vital. The actual and… Read More
In Gil Bar-Tur’s paintings, the image of a tree is a metaphor for the evolving self and an expression of the universal élan vital. The actual and potential coexist in a tree, which, though appearing lifeless in winter, contains the latent possibility for abundant growth in spring. The paintings in this his first solo exhibition, comprise a meditation on the rhythms of life; a soulful exploration of the difficulty and beauty of both mindfulness and human interaction. The tree is central to these works, and variously, vines become pathways, camouflages for danger and ultimately create crossroads for changing direction. The exuberant works in this exhibition have strong ties both formally and conceptually to the tradition of Fauvism and early works of Kandinsky; and Van Gogh and Gauguin have significantly inspired Bar-Tur. In terms of materials, the paintings in this show are composed in acrylic and some include assemblaged elements constructed with plaster, plastic, foam, wire, metal and canvas strips. In his paintings, Bar-Tur maintains a mythic playoff between darkness and light, but the overriding theme is always renewal. Gil Bar-Tur lives and works in New York. Stephanie Rose, 2011 Read Less
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Gil Bar-tur was Born in the United Kingdom to a family of artists.  His family moved to the United States in 1976 where he was raised and educated. Gil studied at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont and went on to  work as a Chef in a number of restaurants in Vermont, Connecticut, and New York.

Five years ago Gil decided to commit himself to his first love  — painting.   He studied at the New York Student Art League focusing on drawing and painting.  Since the start of his formal training, Gil has shown his work in many group shows in the US. 
Gil will have his first international showing in Aix-en-Provence, France this April.