Matt Gil

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Pop Quiz, 2008 Glazed Ceramic Sculpture 8.5" X 7.25" X 5" © Marx & Zavattero
Conveyor with 24 Sculptures, 2007-08 Steel, Custom Mechanical Drive Equipment, & Mixed Media 20' 6" X 4' 6" X 3' 1" © Marx & Zavattero
Muckracker 1.0, 2008 Aluminum & Paint 10' 8" X 3' 6" X 3' 6" © Marx & Zavattero
Building Block #3, 2008 Glazed Ceramic Sculpture 9.5" X 7" X 4" © Marx & Zavattero
Viking Ship 1.0, 2008 Glazed Ceramic Sculpture 8.5" X 10.25" X 3.25" © Marx & Zavattero
Untitled XIX, 2008 Ink And Watercolor On Paper 12" X 10.75" © Marx & Zavattero
Untitled VII, 2008 Ink And Watercolor On Paper 8" X 6.5" © Marx & Zavattero
Puzzle Piece, 2008 Aluminum & Paint 7' 10" X 1' 6" X 1' 6" © Marx & Zavattero
Road Rash , 2011 Ceramic & Paint 19" X 12" X 5" © Courtesy of the Artist and Marx & Zavattero
Formal Affair , 2011 Aluminum & Asphalt 42" X 6" X 5" © Marx & Zavattero
On Impact , 2011 Aluminum & Paint 6.5" X 5.75" X 2.5" © Marx & Zavattero
Pleasant Valley Sunday, 2011 Galvanized Steel, Burlap, Acrylic, & Paint 44" X 18" X 17" © Marx & Zavattero
4 Some, 2011 Galvanized Steel & Cement 26" X 27" X 6" © Marx & Zavattero
String of Beads, 2010 Aluminum & Paint 120" X 32" X 24" © Marx & Zavattero
Space Walk , 2011 Aluminum, Stainless Steel, & Paint 50" X 16" X 11" © Marx & Zavattero
Quick Facts
San Jose
Birth year
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Representing galleries

"I’ve always thought that the simpler the thing is the better and more powerful it is. This is also my challenge. The shape and form of everyday objects that surround me, such as animal shapes, body parts, posters, symbols and vessels, have been recurring themes in my work. My sculptures are an ongoing dialogue with the elegance and economy of line reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century modernists.

I like the challenge of orchestrating the balance between the form of a sculpture, the negative space within the sculpture and the perceived space surrounding the piece. This perceived space or aura around one of my sculptures is very tangible. I see this pressure slicing and squeezing the sculpture from all sides as being the real force that gives life to the work. It is the beautiful balance between these three factors that I look for and which give emotion and soul to the piece."



Born: 1956, San Jose, CA


1974-78 San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2008 “Reel to Real,” Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
“Sculpture by Matt Gil,” 425 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
2006 “Matt Gil,” Gallery 555, Oakland Museum of California at City Center,
Oakland, CA
2005 “Trinkets,” Bank of America Building, 555 California Street, San Francisco, CA (presented by Heather Marx Gallery & Jan Casey and Associates)
2002 “Pedigree,” Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 “Sculptures by Matt Gil,” Stankus Conway Associates, Inc., San Francisco, CA
1990 “Recent Sculpture in Bronze,” Christopher Grimes Gallery, Carmel, CA
1989 “Matt Gil New Sculpture,” Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
“Matt Gil,” Ivory/Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1986 “Matt Gil,” Ivory/Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Matthew Gil,” Transamerica Corporation Redwood Park, San Francisco, CA
“Matt Gil Kinetic Sculpture,” Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
1985 “Recent Sculpture Matt Gil,” American Institute of Architects, Santa Clara, CA
1982 “Matt Gil Sculpture,” Modesto Junior College, Modesto, CA
1981 “Matt Gil Recent Sculpture,” Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
1980 “Matthew Gil,” Artvarks, San Jose, CA
1978 “Matt Gil Kinetic Sculpture,” Works, San Jose, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2002 “Matt Gil and Charles Arnoldi,” 425 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
2001 “The Inaugural Exhibition,” Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 “Sculpture Walk,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
“Group Sculpture Show,” Vitra, San Francisco, CA
1999 “Kinetic Art,” Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
1990 “California Aftershock,” K. Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“West L.A.…Art Galleries Introduction to Glendale,” 801 North Brand,
Glendale, CA
Chicago International Art Fair, Chicago, IL
“Art Action Energy,” Barnsdale Art Park, Los Angeles, CA
1989 “Looking North,” Gensler and Associates/Architects, Los Angeles, CA
Chicago International Art Fair, Chicago, IL
1989 “Motion Motion Kinetic Art,” Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA
1988 Chicago International Art Fair, Chicago, IL
1987 “Process/Print,” Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1986 “Holiday Party and Shoebox Show,” The Art Store Gallery, Oakland, CA
Chicago International Art Fair, Chicago, IL
International Contemporary Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA
“Gifts of Art,” New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
“The Animated Object,” Site 311, Pacific Grove, CA
Rockford Art Center, Rockford, IL
1985 “Teachers and Their Pupils,” Anna Gardner Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
1984 “Light, Structure and Motion,” Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA
“Works of Northern California Artists,” Crocker Kingsley Gallery,
Sacramento, CA
1983 “16 Sculptors,” Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA
“San Francisco Fine Arts Show,” Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
1982 “Crossover: An ArTech Exhibit,” Helen Euphrat Gallery, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
1981 “California Artists’ Exhibition/Sales,” Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1979 “San Francisco Museum of Art’s Annual Artist Patron Exhibition,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
1978 “Upstarts,” Redding Art Museum, Redding, CA
1977 Union Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
“Kinetic Metal Sculpture,” Nevada Art Gallery, Reno, NV


2005 Kunststiftung Lutz Ackermann Bildhauer, Gäufelden-Nebringen, Germany

Selected Public Collections:

Yahoo! Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Sunnyvale, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Syntex Corporation, Palo Alto, CA
Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Oracle Corporation, Belmont, CA
Cupertino Electrical Corporation, Cupertino, CA
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
Nagoya Hotel, Nagoya, Japan
Double Tree, Santa Monica, CA
Peninsula Hotel, New York, NY
Gil Biography, Page 3
Sydney International Airport, Sydney, Australia
London Club, Las Vegas, NV
McDonald’s Corporation, IL

Selected Bibliography:

2005 “Roadblock” (reproduction), San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook, July 10, p. 54
2002 Janku, Laura Richard, “Matt Gil: Pedigree and Madeline Silber: Brink,”
flavorpill SF, December 3
Koppman, Debra, “Matt Gil,” Artweek, November, Volume 33, Issue 9, p. 25
Berry, Colin, “ ‘The Inaugural Exhibition’ at Heather Marx Gallery,” Artweek, February, Volume 33, Issue 1, p. 25
1990 Taylor, Joan Chatfield, “Contemporary Eclat,” Architectural Digest, September, p. 142, 146-7.
1989 The California Art Review. American References Publishing Corporation, Chicago, IL
Jenkins, Jim and Quick, Dave: Motion, Motion, Kinetic Art. Gibbs Smith,
Layton, UT
1986 Goldberg, Beth, “A Dynamic Assertiveness,” Artweek, December 20, p. 6.
Jan, Alfred, “Kinetic Image-Making,” Artweek, April 12, p. 4.
1985 “Matthew Gil, Sculptor, Portrait of an Artist,” 16mm Film by Robert Gardner
Dickson, Joanne, “Art Notes,” Point Reyes Lights, July 5, p. 18.
Seymour, Anne, “Matthew Gil’s Kinetic Art,” Centervoice, June, p. 21.
1983 Worthington, Robin, “High Tech Art Cast in Light-Hearted Mold,” The Argus, December 15, p. 23.
1982 Stutzin, Leo, “Kinetic Art – It’s Always on the Move…,” Modesto Bee, March 7, p. C6-7.
1980 Harms, Sally, “Where to Find Alternative Art,” San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, November 30, p. 32-6.
Harms, Sally, “Artvarks,” South Bay Weekly, April 24-30, p. 6
“Matt Gil’s Kinetic Sculpture,” The Independent Weekly, April 16-22, p. 8

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