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Meet Eddy Segal

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eddy Segal.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Eddy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a visual artist known for my emotive portraits, voluptuous painted wedding gowns, mixed-media collages, murals and installations. Using quotidian materials and personal talismans, my practice explores themes of anatomy, magic, sexual intimacy, bodily transcendence & planetary healing.

Born in New York, I was raised on a farm in Pennsylvania. I received a scholarship to study anthropology at Fordham in NYC. New York converted & perverted me into the artist I am today, but I had to leave after ten years to find the lighter side of myself & my craft. I have been in deep love with LA ever since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been beautiful & bumpy. In my 20s, I lost many friends & lovers to the dark side of creative life, depression & drugs. In order to become a true artist, I had to beat my own heroin addiction. Broken hearts, debt, self-doubt, family illness, feeling lost. It took 11 years of consistent practice to start earning from my work, I wake up every day so happy I didn’t quit.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I think what sets me apart is that even though there’s money involved, I never treat art like a business. Every commission I’ve ever received has lead to a long-lasting friendship in addition to beautiful work. Each piece I create is deeply personal… for portraits I always interview my subject and find personal details to weave in. I’ve painted memorials on clothing from relatives who have passed on. Painting is indirect alchemy, I could never streamline the process because the mystery is what fascinates me.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I want to create larger scale paintings & installations. I’ve started to incorporate performance. I’d like to do more collaborations with designers.

Contact Info:

  • Website: EddySegal.com
  • Email: eddysegalart@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Eddy.mami

Image Credit:
My personal photo is by Gabriel Magdaleno.

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