Born in Marseille, France in 1964, Philippe Buil creates his works of art in the ” Forez”, the birthplace of metallurgy, where he continues and extends that tradition through his artistic creations.
After time spent working in the metal industry, sculpture is now the logical conclusion of his interest and commitment.
With his curious nature, his ingenuity and his special fascination for technique, Philippe Buil has made the achievement of his ambitions possible by fully equipping his workshop with drills and sanders, ovens and folding machines that sit side by side with more home-made tools.
There is not a shadow of doubt : here we have an “engineer-cum-sculptor” who creates the strangest shapes and spaces as well as re-interpreting traditional forms.
All artists strive to find their own voice, their favourite subject – matter that rises out of their innermost soul. With Phillipe Buil this search is reaching its final stages and this can be felt throughout his work.
Most of his work is figurative in style but notwithstanding that it feels modern and contemporary in the way the shape are realised.
The artist is endlessly asking himself how spaces should be filled and how reckless he should be in his choice of techniques.
Philippe Buil’s series “Leaping sheep”,”Man on a ladder”, “Don Quixote” make a nod and a wink of recognition to Alberto Giacometti… movement in them is well handled, proportions are harmonious, volumes are well laid out. You can feel the artist’s pleasure in his continuous searching.
His works are both light and airy and at the same time, powerful, giving an impression of “melodious lightness”.
Brightly shining or in shade, depending on the direction it is pointing in, the metal sustains the sharpness of the light, accentuating the horizontal or vertical lines.
In some cases figurative shapes are transformed into geometric patterns that are almost abstract and vice-versa.
As he uncompromisingly hones his technique, it must be emphasised the degree to which the artist devotes particular care to achieving a perfectly finished end result…
We have here unquestionably an accomplished body of work : in each piece, attitude and movement are brilliantly captured in a dynamic symphony and reinterpreted in such a way that new emotions pour out.
Enough to satisfy even the most demanding of collectors.
Art critic C.E.