MATT GIL

Underdog
2000
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Tucked away on a quiet street in San Francisco, Matt has been creating spectacular sculptures for more than twenty-five years in his live/work studio. He is a curious and innovative builder; always considering new ways to create shapes using different materials and approaches. His process is a multi-faceted journey of creation that starts with drawings that fill dozens of sketchbooks. His shapes are Modernist, organic and feminine with curving lines that play with positive and negative space in a clever way. He works in bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and ceramics, which allows for a pleasing variation in his visual language. Matt also has a great sense of humor that comes through in his playful shapes and titles.

"I take from my sketchbooks what calls to me and says “make me.” The more I visualize the mood or the feeling of a particular piece as well as the process of constructing a new piece the easier it is to build. Sometimes it feels like the pieces build themselves."

Matt’s work can be found in the permanent collection of SFMOMA, as well as corporate and private collections around the world. He is particularly well-known in the Bay Area, having placed monumental sculptures in the corporate collections of companies such as Genentech and Yahoo, and is currently creating another major commission in the city of Palo Alto. 

INSTALLATIONS

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Rookie, 2017

Commissioned by Menlo Equities

Sunnyvale, CA

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Dented Brain Coral, 2018
Genentech

S. San Francisco, CA

Catsuit2002

Jack Harris Sculpture Collection

North Central Michigan College

Petoskey, MI

Telophase 1.0, 2013  
Private collection

Mexico City, Mexico

CURRICULUM VITAE

1956   b. San Jose, CA
Lives/works in San Francisco, CA
EDUCATION

1974–1978   San Jose State University

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2018    Corporate Commission, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA

            Free-standing 10-foot diameter textured stainless steel outdoor sculpture. Title: Dented Brain Coral.

            Public Commission, City of Hayward, CA 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center

            Free-standing 16-foot painted aluminum outdoor sculpture. Title: Puzzle Piece.

2017    Private Commission, California Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at Ryan Ranch Campus

            Free-standing 10-foot tall painted aluminum outdoor sculpture. Title: Rookie.

2016    Private Commission, California Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at main entrance

            Free-standing 9-foot tall stainless steel and painted fiberglass outdoor sculpture. Title: Spillproof.

2013    Private Commission, Palace Hotel, NYC

            An edition of 65 cast aluminum 4-foot tall sculptures.

            Private Commission, Telophase 1.0, Mexico City, Mexico

2008    Private Commission, Renown Hospital, Reno, NV

            Four free-standing painted aluminum outdoor sculptures, ranging 10–14 feet tall.

2007    Private Commission, Menlo Equities, Sunnyvale, CA

            Free-standing painted aluminum outdoor sculpture, 14 feet tall.

2005    Private Commission, Allergan, Irvine, CA

            Free-standing painted aluminum outdoor sculpture, 8 feet tall.

2002    Private Commission, Yahoo headquarters, Sunnyvale, CA

            Five free-standing painted aluminum outdoor sculptures, ranging 9–12 feet tall.

            Private Commission, Catsuit, Jack Harris Sculpture Collection, N. Central Michigan College,

            Petosky, MI

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014     Limitless, I. Wolk Galleries, St, Helena, CA

             Matt Gil, Sloan Miyasato Fine Art, San Francisco, CA

2013    Pop Quiz, 555 California St, San Francisco, CA

2011    Variety Pack, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA

2009    San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2008    Reel to Real, Heather Marx Gallery, 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

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017    Playscape, Monumental sculpture, Aerena, Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, CA

            SCULP, Needles & Pens, San Francisco, CA

2014    Shift, The New Black, San Francisco, CA

            Creativity, Change, Commitment, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA

2013    Split Focus, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Smitten, I. Wolk Galleries, St. Helena, CA

2012    Napa Art Walk, City of Napa, CA

2011    Sea Change, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA

2008    On Beauty, Cliff Lede Gallery, Napa, CA

2007    Art in the Groves, Orinda, CA

            Energy & Elegance, Paradise Ridge, Santa Rosa, CA

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

1990    California Aftershock, K. Kimpton Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            West L.A.…Art Galleries Introduction to Glendale, 801 North Brand, Glendale, CA

            Art Action Energy, Barnsdale Art Park, Los Angeles, CA

            Chicago International Art Fair, Chicago, IL

            Motion Motion Kinetic Art, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1989    Looking North, Gensler and Associates/Architects, Los Angeles, CA

1981    California Artists’ Exhibition/Sales, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1979    San Francisco Museum of Art’s Annual Artist Patron Exhibition, SF Museum of Modern Art, SF, CA

1978    Upstarts, Redding Art Museum, Redding, CA

ARTIST RESIDENCY

2005     Kunststiftung Lutz Ackermann Bildhauer, Gäufelden-Nebringen, Germany