Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” – Anni Albers

Barbara Nagel

"It is my intention to provoke, humor and inspire the viewer by manipulating a common form charged with personal associations."

About Barbara Nagel

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“Barbara’s unique style, with smooth flowing curves and contemporary lines comes from her foundation as a stone carver. Chiseling and palm-sanding stone is an ancient art form that is often lost on today’s clay sculptors.”

Barbara has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, as well as a minor in Fine Art.

Barbara’s passion for sculpting accelerated with a figurative sculpting class taught by renowned artist Marton Varo, a Hungarian stone sculptor, known for his public installations at Fort Worth Symphony Hall and Laguna Beach Museum of Art. This experience motivated Barbara to become an apprentice stone carver at the Claudio Palla Studio in the village of Pietrasanta, Italy, world-famous for marble and bronze sculpting.

After her apprenticeship, Barbara entered her work in juried shows, including the Pageant of the Masters and San Diego Trees show, where she won 2nd place. Barbara’s artwork is on display at the Women’s Pavilion of Hoag Hospital, as well as other venues. She has also performed solo shows at Myers Gallery and Studio Gallery.

Barbara has created a stunning collection of figurative art, using contemporary lines, flowing curves, and interpretive subjects. Barbara and her husband Georgie, together for 25 wonderful years, and their three sons live in Newport Beach California.

Available Items by Barbara Nagel

barbara nagel dirty martini bronze sculpture

Barbara Nagel Dirty Martini Bronze Sculpture

Barbara Nagel “Dirty Martini” Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture

After a long day at work, it is a pleasure to take off that tie and indulge in a pillow-top martini. The playful suggestiveness of this piece captivates one’s imagination.

  • Size:  22″ long
  • Signed and Numbered
  • Limited Edition of 450
  • Available in stainless steel
  • Available as an artist proof
  • Available in 9″ and 22″ sizes
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