Anthonisen. Photo by Stephen Barth.
as "one of America's outstanding figurative sculptors,"
George Anthonisen's works deal primarily with the immutable essence
of the individual person, the family, and human society in a changing
world. His sculpture ranges from single to multiple figure compositions
with vast differences in scale. George's works are in the permanent
collections of the U.S.
Capitol Hall of Columns, the World Health Organization (Geneva,
Switzerland), New York's Carnegie Hall, the James
A. Michener Art Museum (Doylestown, PA), the Cathedral Heritage
Foundation (Louisville, KY), the Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia,
PA), and more than two dozen other sites. George studied at the
University of Vermont, the National Academy of Design, NY, and the
Art Students League, NY. He also studied at Dartmouth College Medical
School in order to fully understand human anatomy. George is a fellow
of the National Sculpture Society and has received international
recognition for his sculptures as well as his frescoes.
his artwork, George states that "My work combines our ancient
roots with our recent past, giving validity to the present. The
danger in using traditional art by itself is that it ignores the
existence of the 20th century but to use only the visual vocabulary
of the 20th century (modern art) can deprive us of our history.
Beauty exists in both the heavy and the light -- they are in agreement
and complement each other. Fullness of all dimensions of life is
the essence of humanity."
George Anthonisen works on a small maquette for the monumental bas
relief "Promise" for the Berman
Museum (Collegeville, PA).