TIGI VAN GIL
Thierry Gillieaux known as “Tigi Van Gil” was born in 1966 in Brussels, Belgium. Studies at Ephec and graduated in marketing, Brussels 1987-1989. He moved to Paris in 1991 to study fashion at Esmod, graduation in 1993.
Studied at Ecole de Photo et de Techniques Visuelles, ecole Agnès Varda graduated in 1998. He started working as photographer on 3 perfumes for Givenchy Oblique (play, forward and rewind) for women, magazines, fashions catalogs and videos.
After travelling widely and working for ten years, back from New York and still imbued with the energy of the city he achieved his first personal exhibition in october 2009 at the Tigi’ s Lab Factory in Brussels and signed his first book of photos “superposure” published by Michel Husson.
As a photographer and painter, tigi transports us to his fantastical urban and contemporary world, whatever medium or technique he chooses to use.
A world where the imaginary meets technology, abstraction and sensation, a slowed-down of expressionism or speeded-up of surrealism.
You can discover his art in the New space, the “BE IN LOVE SPHERE” Factory (a new way to meet art ,music, cocktails and pleasure) with all the walls decorated around his sphere concept.A place for friends, family ,art collectors and art galleries to meet around a table or near the bar. One inside and another one outside on the terrasse with a splendid view on the japanese garden.
The next adventure of the Sphere man is a book ” tears to mouth” by Thierry Gillieaux the real artist behind Tigi van Gil and all of that to be celebrated in a movie I hope will see daylight one day in the future.
During a seaside holiday in Belgium, while I was bored on the beach, I photographed my reflection in a transparent balloon.
In order to stage my son, I asked him to join me with the paper flower made by his grandmother that he was holding in his hand.
I decided to use this image to turn it into a work of art. While working on this work, I quickly erased my reflection from the balloon to focus on the essential:
“A universal language, the innocence of a child who offers a flower to the world.”
A technology that manifests itself in an interplay of filters and super impositions. Between real and unreal, he opens his world to another dimension, a distorsion. His work is constantly evolving, a poetic work in progress where he uses recycling glass mixed with resin and painting on his pictures, materializing the invisible.
His sphere, which is more than a symbol, became in time his signature like a digital print.
The sphere gives birth also to the sphere man, away to materialize his art into live performance to reach out to people but also to create his own super hero like a dream comes trough. as a child he loved to read at home marvel and dc comics books .
THE SPHERE MAN
The idea came up during my first “Art Fair” in NEW YORK to create a concept that could grab the attention of galleries.
Very quickly, the idea of giving life to a super hero inspired by COMICS seemed obvious to me … the SPHEREMAN was born!
With each appearance in public, the SPHERMAN knew how to touch the souls of people by shaking their hands!
A NEW JOURNEY WITH EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS
FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION “SUPERPOSURE” AT THE TIGI’ S LAB FACTORY 71 CHAUSSÉE DE CHARLEROI IN BRUSSELS FOR HIS BRAND NEW PICTURES BOOK “SUPERPOSURE” EDITED BY MICHEL HUSSON.
SHANGAI AND THE NEW YORK BIENNIAL.
A PERSONAL EXHIBITION, “TOXIC AVENGER SERIAL WRITER” AT THE YOUNG GALLERY KNOKKE, BELGIUM
NEW YORK ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY
THE HAMPTONS ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY
GHENT ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY
HONG KONG ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY
FIRST SHORT FILM GHENT FESTIVAL ” THE PINK BOX ”
NEW YORK ART FAIR WITH THE VOGELSANG GALLERY
BRUSSELS ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY
VIDEOCLIP THE BIPOLAR BAND ” ANGEL COMES”
HONG KONG ART FAIR WITH BRUNO ART GALLERY SINGAPORE
BERLIN ART FAIR WITH BOULDERTON GALLERY HONG KONG
SINGAPORE ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY
LIFE PERFORMANCE OF THE SPHERE MAN & MARK JENKINS PIECES EXPOSED AT THE ART CONTEXT MIAMI
EXHIBITION AT THE CHASE EDWARD GALLERY THE HAMPTONS NEW YORK
MIAMI ART FAIR WITH CHASE EDWARDS CONTEMPORARY GALLERY HAMPTONS NY
EXHIBITION ENDLESS SUMMER AT THE TEN GALLERY KNOKKE
GARDEN PARTY EXHIBITION AT THE BSHIRT FACTORY GALLERY 71 CHAUSSÉE DE CHARLEROI BRUSSELS BELGIUM
BSHIRT UNDERWEAR ADVERTISING
EXHIBITION AT THE VISUS GALLERY LASNE BELGIUM
VISUS GALLERY EXHIBITION NEW LOCATION ÎLE DE RE
CUBE ART FAIR #STAY CREATIVE VIRTUAL EXHIBITION MIAMI DECEMBER 2020
#ART FOR ALL THE PUBLIC ART FAIR TRADE CENTER MIAMI DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY 2021
#CUBE ART FAIR NFT JUNE 2021 NEW YORK TIME SQUARE
#ART FAIR BRUSSELS MARCH 2022 WITH THE VISUS GALLERY
#ART FAIR LONDON IN APRIL 2022 WITH THE VISUS GALLLERY
#PERSONAL EXHIBITION ” MARILYN MONROE IN SPHERE ” AT THE VISUS GALLERY JUNE 2022
ART FAIR BRUSSELS WITH THE VISUS GALLERY SOLD OUT
ART FAIR LONDON WITH THE VISUS GALLERY SOLD OUT
VISUS GALLERY ILE DE RE NEW ART SPACE IN A OLD CINEMA JULY 2023