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Eliseo Garcia

Primeval 2006
Limestone and Copper
90" x 16" x 16"

Terrestrial 2006
80" x 24" x 24"

Eliseo Garcia is a local sculptor whose works are created primarily from Texas limestone, marble and granite. His work is familiar to Irving residents as he was commissioned by the City of Irving to create a sculpture for a local park in 2001. The project allowed visitors to the Arts Center to watch and participate as Garcia created the piece.

Larry Whiteley

Dwelling 2005
Painted Steel
66" x 42"

Larry Whiteley, a local artist, primarily works with metal to create one-of-a-kind pieces. His sculptures have appeared in several Irving Arts Center exhibitions. In 2001 he created Whiteley Metal Works.

   Square Deal
George Tobolowsky

It's a Slam Dunk 2007
Welded steel with laquer
126" x 30" x 30"

Square Deal 2008
Welded steel with laquer
95" x 22" x 20"

George Tobolowsky constructs his creations by transforming steel into a visual memory that reflects his personal / business experiences of the past several decades. An executive sho has analyzed humanity's trials in the legal and business world, Tobolowsky channels a solid understanding of metallurgy into whimsical and curvilinear forms.

A Dallas native, Tobolowsky earned his business and law degrees from Southern Methodist University. His minor in sculpture sparked a long standing relationship with Texas sculptor James Surls.

Reuben Nakian

Goddess of the Golden Thighs and The Rape of Lucrece. On loan from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Goddess of the Golden Thighs 

Goddess of the Golden Thighs 1964-1965/Cast 1969-1974
102 1/4 x 141 3/4 x 66 1/2 in.
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1974

The Rape of Lucrece 1955-1958
Painted steel
141 1/4 x 87 1/8 x 154 5/8 in.
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1974

Goddess of the Golden Thighs and The Rape of Lucrece are on long-term loan from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. as part of the Arts Center's affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution. The pieces are monumental in size and represent Nakian's interest in the modernization of classical mythology. They will reside in the Arts Center's outdoor Sculpture Garden and are free to view for the public.

 The Rape of Lucrece

Many of Nakian's pieces also reflect his connection with Abstract Expressionism and feature highly textured, roughly worked surfaces. The Rape of Lucrece is one of only three steel works by Nakian.

About the Artist
Reuben Nakian, American, 1897-1986, is noted as one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century, He is known for his Modernist take on classical mythology. His illustrations and sculpture have appeared in nationally recognized museums including the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.