George Segal


Born 1924, New York, NY - Died 2000

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I count heavily on the human ability to spot metaphor. The urge to read poetry into things is universal.

George Segal was an American sculptor best known for his life-size sculptures of human figures set in environments. Born in 1926, George Segal grew up in the Bronx, NY. He moved to New Jersey in 1940 and remained a NJ resident until his death in 2000.

Segal is known internationally for his figurative works in plaster, which he created using a unique technique that he developed. The figures are often placed within environments made with real objects, creating a personal tableau.  Although he began as a figurative painter in the late 1950s, he turned to sculpture in order to explore the human figure as it relates to actual space and its surroundings.  Many of his works were made in plaster, with the figures created from molds cast from living models.  Very often his plaster figures remained white once completed, however in his later work he began painting them in vivid colors.

The artist's early work is often treated within the framework of Pop Art, because of the reference to the individual's position within mass culture and the examination of the relationship between fine and popular art. Later his work reflected social concerns, such as the work in the collection, Depression Breadline.

Segal's sculptures are included in major collections nationwide and have been exhibited in numerous prestigious museums and galleries throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Japan, and South America. A retrospective exhibition was held in 1997-98 that traveled to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Jewish Museum in New York, and the Miami Art Museum, FL.

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George Segal

Photo: Donald Lokuta

Work on Display at GFS