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David Segel

1921 - 2005

American painter and sculptor, David Segel, was born in 1921 in Pittsburgh, PA.

David Segel is an internationally acclaimed and respected artist. After studying at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, and the Art Institute of Chicago, David moved to Paris to work and teach, and began what would be a prolific career.

He has been shown in galleries from Paris, France, to Los Angeles, California, including the Whitney Museum in New York City.

His passion for art surfaced in a collection of mediums: Oils, bronze and wood sculptures, and dramatic sketches. Over the years, countless art lovers have added Segel's work to their collections, including Stevie Nicks, Barbra Streisand, and the Whitney Museum itself.

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Segel began his career in art at The Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, from which he graduated in 1941.  He then spent several years in the South Pacific as a Corporal during World War II.  

Upon returning, Segel completed his graduate studies at the Lynchburg College School of Fine Arts in Virginia.  He also studied at the Institute of Design in Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1950, Segel and his wife went to Paris, where he studied in the atlier of Fernand Leger and then traveled around other Western European countries.

Experience in the business world also provided necessary art training and stimulation for Segel.  While living in Chicago during the 1950's, he worked for an interior design firm as a color consultant and designer before opening his own firm there.

During these years, Segel also found time to teach painting and drawing to patients at The Psychosomatic and Psychiatric Institute of The Michael Reese Hospital Medical Center.  Volunteer work which he said was "a very rewarding avocation."

Segel enjoyed a prolific career and worked with a variety of mediums including:  oils, bronze and wood sculptures, and dramatic sketches.  He also worked in furniture and interior design.

He has shown in galleries from Paris, France to Los Angeles, California.  Including The Whitney Museum in New York City and The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

Segel's work is represented in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum.  

His awards include The First Carnegie Prize and The Hallmark International Art Award.

David Segel died in Venice, California in 2005 at the age of 84.