George Segal

George Segal

American artist and sculptor
Date of Birth: 26.11.1924
Country: USA

Biography of George Segal

George Segal, an American artist and sculptor, is renowned for his works made of plaster. He was born into a family of Jewish immigrants from Poland. In 1941, Segal began studying at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York. However, in 1942, he left school to help his parents on their chicken farm.

George Segal

Afterward, in 1946, Segal resumed his education at Rutgers University. His early drawings and paintings from the 1950s depicted the complex world of individuals facing dramatic life situations. As a sculptor who emerged during the Pop Art era, Segal started creating his works using plaster. In 1959/1960, he presented his first situational artwork titled "Man on a bicycle," featuring a plaster figure of a cyclist on an ordinary factory bicycle. Initially, his plaster figures had wooden or wire frameworks, but from 1961, he began making direct plaster casts taken from parts of the human body.

In the following years, Segal incorporated everyday objects into his artworks, creating environments such as "Cinema" (1963) and "Restaurant" (1967). In the early 1980s, he started sculpting still lifes using plaster fruits. Segal also worked with bronze for his compositions, including "Woman by the Lake" (bronze with white lacquer, 1985), "Chance Encounter" (bronze, 1989), and "Woman on a Bench" (bronze with white lacquer; metallic bench, 1989).

As a painter, Segal participated in contemporary art exhibitions at documenta 4 in Kassel in 1968 and documenta 6 in 1977.

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