Regarded alongside the major Pop Artists of his generation, Segal was born in New York to a Jewish couple who emigrated from Eastern Europe. Initially running a Brooklyn butcher shop, the pair moved to New Jersey to set up a poultry farm which Segal helped run as a young man. By 1949, he received a teaching degree from NYU and pursued his love of art, joining the 10th Street scene which embraced expressionist, figurative themes.
In 1958, Segal began to experiment in sculpture. As his profile grew, he became known, along with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol as part of the Pop Art movement. Among many other honours, in 1999 he was awarded the US National Medal of the Arts and, in 2006, The George and Helen Segal Foundation helped establish the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University in New Jersey.
He died in 2000.
Photograph courtesy Donald Lokuta