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Bending the Rules - The Art of George Tobolowsky

Dallas, Texas native George Tobolowsky earned his business degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University in the early 1970’s. While at SMU, he also minored in Sculpture studying under Texas artist James Surls, who became his mentor and friend. But upon graduation, Tobolowsky entered the business world, and spent the next several decades garnering a successful business and legal career. He was not producing art himself until about eight years ago when he felt an inspiration. With the encouragement of his mentor Surls, Tobolowsky embarked on his own artistic path.

Tobolowsky’s output over the past eight years has been prodigious: over 350 sculptures, 14 Solo Museum and Public Art Exhibitions and 20 Group Exhibitions throughout the U.S. He has several works in museums, universities and public and private collections and have had exhibitions in Vail, CO, Portland OR, Chicago IL, New York City, Chautauqua NY, New Orleans, LA and throughout Texas and many other locations. He was recently awarded the “Award for Excellence as the Creative Artist of the Year 2012” by The Dallas Historical Society.


Artist Statement:
"I make abstract metal sculptures from steel and stainless steel “found objects”. These found objects however, are not of the everyday sort, but rather bulky industrial metal castoffs that I scour scrap yards and fabrication plants to find. I rarely alter theses metal pieces but instead work to fit the individual scraps together – much like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle – into balanced compositions. My sculptures are one part assemblage and one part recycling, which follows closely with the philosophy of another early artistic influence, Louise Nevelson. My titles are typically added upon completion and offer a suggestion for interpretation but mindfully allow room for various readings within each piece. My works represent a logical extension of the welded steel sculpture tradition that can be traced from Julio Gonzalez to David Smith."

"Bending the Rules" - The Art of George Tobolowsky will be on display August 29 - December 14, 2013 at the Regional Arts Center, ArtSpark, and Perot Theatre, as well as Texas A&M University Texarkana, Texarkana College, and Harrelson Law Firm.

Join TRAHC for the Opening Reception Thursday, August 29, 2013
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in Cabe Hall at the Regional Arts Center!

Guest Speaker: Bill FitzGibbons
Bill FitzGibbons will be giving a short talk at the opening reception Bending the Rules - The Art of George Tobolowsky. FitzGibbons has been the Executive Director of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas since the summer of 2002.


Past events:

Date Time Location
August 29, 2013 to December 14, 2013 Call TRAHC at (903) 792-8681 for information

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