As a native of Dallas, Texas, I earned my business degree and law degree from Southern Methodist University in the early ‘70s. While at SMU, I also minored in Sculpture studying under Texas artist James Surls, who became my mentor and friend. After graduation, I entered the business world, and spent the next several decades building a successful business and legal career. I was not producing art myself until about ten years ago when I felt an inspiration and with the encouragement of my mentor, Surls; I embarked on my own artistic path. My output over the past ten years has been enormous: over 450 sculptures, 30 Solo Museum and Public Art Exhibitions and 31 Group Exhibitions throughout the U.S.
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 a balanced compositions. My sculptures are one part assemblage and one part recycling, which follows closely with the philosophy of another early artistic influence and mentor, Louise Nevelson.
My titles are typically added upon completion and offer a suggestion for interpretation but mindfully allows 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. My sculptures are in 43 National and International Museums, University Collections and Public Art Collections. My pieces are also in numerous Private Collections. I have had Exhibitions in Vail, CO., Portland OR, Chicago IL, New York City, Chautauqua NY, New Orleans LA, Palo Alto CA. and throughout Texas and India. In January 2015, I co-produced and participated in an International Exhibition of 12 Texas Artists at the National Academy of Art in New Delhi, India. One of my sculptures was selected by the National Academy for their Collection. Also in 2015, I was selected for an “Interdisciplinary Residency Program” at Texas A&M University with a major Exhibition on campus and throughout College Station and a piece was acquired for the Texas A&M University Art Collection. In 2016, I have had exhibitions at The International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen,TX, The Dallas’ District, The National Museum of Jewish Art, Dallas, TX , The State Fair of Texas, Dallas and The Jewish National Fund National Office, NYC. In 2017, I will have exhibitions at The San Antonio Botanical Garden, Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, Austin College in Texas and possibly The Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, Israel. For more information, please visit my website at www.georgetobolowsky.com which is linked to YouTube videos about my work.
George Tobolowsky (214) 533-1133