Larry Pogue has been doing metal sculpture for over a quarter of a century. As a young boy Pogue built tree houses in every available tree on his family's farm. Pogue was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and moved around the mid-west until he married and settled in Washington, MO. Here he taught sculpture in college for 28 years, and in 1997 Pogue took early retirement to do sculpture full time.

     Pogue says that if he would have had the opportunity to choose the kind of art to make, it probably would have been painting. But, he says, "I had no choice, SCULPTURE chose me. I enjoy building things. Doing sculpture is like fighting bulls; it is a very arduous discipline which takes a lot of physical strength. Maybe this is what attracts me to the metal."

     He also says that when one does a two dimensional (painting) piece of art, that it's just an illusion. "When I build a metal sculpture, it exists. "Several times Pogue has had blind people ask to look at his sculptures. He says that brings a smile to his face to see them react by feeling his works of art.

     When you ask Pogue to explain his sculpture, you will probably get a different answer every time. He says his ideas are always changing and this, he says, is good. " I really force change to keep my sculpture new and vibrant, he states. "His ideas change with his life experiences and his maturity.

     Pogue received his Masters of Art in sculpture at Pittsburg State University in 1968 where he was first introduced to sculpture and many other professional artists through his research. He says that David Smith (1906-1965), an abstract expressionist metal sculptor, was probably his greatest influence and there were many others, such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Michelangelo and others.

     Now to the process of making metal sculpture, more specific, stainless steel metal sculpture in which he specializes. " I like the permanence of this medium (material), because, when I finish my sculpture, it remains just the same way-forever, Pogue comments."

     Pogue gets his ideas from life experiences and mostly by doing his sculptures. In this sense Pogue is a purest. "When I do one sculpture, it gives me ten more ideas for my next sculptures." He prefers to work on more than one piece at a time to keep the ideas flowing. When asked what is the best sculpture he has ever made, he says, "That's easy to answer-my next!"

     Although he has sculptures in private collections from New York to California and Chicago to New Orleans, he prefers to make sculpture for the mid-west region because of the transportation, logistics and installation.

     Pogue's furthest piece is located in Zurich, Switzerland where he made a sculpture for Consolidated Aluminum's president as a retirement gift. He has made a sculpture for the Governor of Missouri (Hawthorn Society), which was given to the General Motors Corporation for locating in Missouri.

     "All I can say is that sculpture has been very good to me, and I appreciate the challenge of matching my wit against the sculptural ideas. I don't like to solve all the problems for my viewers . If everyone sees something different when they look at my sculpture then I have captured some of their imagination."



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