George Gach, Hungarian (1909 - 1996)

George Gach

George Gách was born in Budapest, Hungary, and as son of the eminent Hungarian sculptor, Stephen Gách, George was initially imbued with the classical traditions of the Beaux-Arts. He apprenticed under his father’s tutelage until the age of 18, and then attended the Fine Arts Academy in Budapest, where he later became an assistant professor.

In 1952, Gách relocated his family to the United States and devoted himself entirely to his painting, sculpting, and art instruction. From his traditional and classical background in the arts, his own brand of impressionism and realism began to emerge as he enjoyed the development and maturation of his talent and expertise as a painter and sculptor.

Gach’s paintings and bronzes are in collections worldwide. He was commissioned by international Heads of State, Governors, and other celebrities. At age 30, George Gách was selected from among Hungary's prominent sculptors (including his father) to sculpt the portrait bust of the Hungarian President. His works can be found in a multitude of museums and famed institutional collections in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

Among the many distinguished awards received by Mr. Gách are the Audubon Artists Medal of Honor in 1966, the Gold Medal of the National Sculpture Society of New York in 1970, the Percival Deitsch Award of the National Sculpture Society of New York in 1974.

George Gách was an engaging, energetic and dynamic artist who left a legacy of remarkable artistic achievement.

Study: Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, graduate.

Work: Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, 7 New York and Long Island museums.

Commissions: 30 oil portraits, 50 bronze portrait busts; bas reliefs, buildings Texas, Oklahoma, Bermuda.

Exhibitions: 35 one-man shows, including Hammer Galleries (New York City), Audubon Artists, Allied Artists, National Sculpture Society.

Listed: Who's Who in American Art.

Teaching: Instructor in sculpture, Academy Budapest Hungary, Academy Beirut Lebanon; 700 private adult students Long Island, New York.

Awards:Gold Medals: National Sculpture Society and National Art League New York, NY, plus others; Medal of Honor, Audobon Artists, New York, NY.

Style: Technique: Classical; Impressionistic/realistic.

Media: Bronze, oil, steel, stone, mosaics, wood carvings.

Sizes: Bronze sculpture: 25 to 40cm high (10 to 16" high); 1,487 unique; created in wax, then cast in bronze; Oil paintings; 50 by 60cm (20 by 24"); 997 unique.

Themes: Horses, people, dance, music, sports, polo, skating, cowboys, boats, cars, flowers, nudes, Bermuda, Mexico, South America, Long Island, New York, South Pacific and Florida.

Bust Commissions: President of Hungary, President of Lebanon, Governor of Colorado, Governor of Bermuda, banker, architect, corporate presidents, doctors, airline captain, Pele, B. Gerald Cantor.

Collectors: Maestro Fausto Cleva, Ambassador Fulton Freeman, Sir John Gascogne, Victor Hammer, Merlin Olsen, Cliff Robertson, Vincent de Roulet, Dr. Howard Rusk, Frank Sinatra.

Family: wife, 3 children, 6 grandchildren. Studio/Museum: Roslyn, Long Island, New York.

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