Photo credit: Carla Klouda

Hailed as "One of America's outstanding figurative sculptors," George Anthonisen's work deals primarily with the immutable essence of the individual, the family, and human society in a changing world. Born in Boston in 1936, Anthonisen spent his early years in Vermont. At the age of eight, Anthonisen was identified as learning disabled and tutored by Elizabeth Clark Gunther, a landscape architect and daughter of the Director of the American Academy in Rome. Her husband, John F. Gunther, was an architect and painter. Anthonisen spent three months, two years in a row, living in the Gunther home and it was here he was first introduced to the world of art.

In 1955, stationed in Europe with the U.S. Army, Anthonisen visited the Louvre for the first time, where Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory), Venus de Milo and Michelangelo's Two Slaves left indelible impressions. After military service, Anthonisen studied at the University of Vermont. He moved to New York in 1961 to master traditional art skills at the National Academy of Design followed by study at the Art Students League from 1962-1964. He returned to New Hampshire in 1967 to attend Dartmouth College Medical School where he studied human anatomy. This training enabled him to accurately represent the human form in his work.

While his contemporaries were captivated by latest trends in art, Anthonisen personalized modernism and remained true to his ideas. His work has remained timeless for its focus on synthesizing classical forms and compositions with a contemporary approach. In 1971, Anthonisen was named sculptor-in-residence of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. In the same year, Anthonisen moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he has lived ever since.

Anthonisen's public works in permanent collection are considerably longer than the following:

U.S. Capitol, Capitol Visitors Center, Washington, D.C.
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Carnegie Hall, New York, New York
Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia
Center for Interfaith Relations, Louisville, Kentucky...
and more than two dozen other sites.

In the fall of 2006, The Sculpture of George R. Anthonisen, a large survey of Anthonisen's work, debuted in New Haven Connecticut at Yale University's Jonathan Edwards College followed in 2007 by Life in Bronze: Sculpture by George R. Anthonisen at The Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut.
In May 2009, Anthonisen received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Travis Gallery is honored to have the sculpture of George Anthonisen grace the gallery as a permanent part of their art on display.