Although celebrated in the history of art for his white plaster sculptures, George Segal occasionally painted his work. This considered, it is important to recall that Segal began his career as a painter in an Abstract Expressionist style. Neysa continues the artist's tradition of utilizing found objects like doors and windows as the backdrop for his own relief sculptures. In this example, he boldly paints both the figure and doors in a highly expressive way. Numerous passages evidence his willingness to allow the paint to drip and fall beyond his control. As a result, surfaces have a heightened visual and physical interest.
George Segal. Neysa, 1989. Acrylic on plaster, wood and metal, 53 x 30 x 24 inches. Gift of Lillian Heidenberg and Rita Krauss. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. ©The George and Helen Segal Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY