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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.

THE SPHERE

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.”

TECHNOLOGY

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!

“I could say that i am the sphere man in a certain manner… but we could be something else than ourselves in two ways like a crazy person who believes being the sphere man himself, or, as i think i could say, a poet who thinks like the sphere man… and this thought is not imaginary, but a concret one. I know that i am not the sphere man, but when my thought thinks like the sphereman… my thinking is the sphere man…”

A NEW JOURNEY WITH EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS

2009

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.

2010

SHANGAI AND THE NEW YORK BIENNIAL.

2011

A PERSONAL EXHIBITION, “TOXIC AVENGER SERIAL WRITER” AT THE YOUNG GALLERY KNOKKE, BELGIUM

2012

NEW YORK ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY
THE HAMPTONS ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY
GHENT ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY

2013

HONG KONG ART FAIR WITH THE UNITED GALLERY
FIRST SHORT FILM GHENT FESTIVAL ” THE PINK BOX ”
NEW YORK ART FAIR WITH THE VOGELSANG GALLERY

2014

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

2015

LIFE PERFORMANCE OF THE SPHERE MAN & MARK JENKINS PIECES EXPOSED AT THE ART CONTEXT MIAMI

2016

EXHIBITION AT THE CHASE EDWARD GALLERY THE HAMPTONS NEW YORK

2017

MIAMI ART FAIR WITH CHASE EDWARDS CONTEMPORARY GALLERY HAMPTONS NY

2018

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

2019

EXHIBITION AT THE VISUS GALLERY LASNE BELGIUM

2020

VISUS GALLERY EXHIBITION NEW LOCATION ÎLE DE RE
CUBE ART FAIR #STAY CREATIVE VIRTUAL EXHIBITION MIAMI DECEMBER 2020

2021

#ART FOR ALL THE PUBLIC ART FAIR TRADE CENTER MIAMI DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY 2021