Jim Gary

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Date of Birth March 17, 1939
Place of Birth Florida
Date of Death Jan 14, 2006 (66)
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Jim Gary

Jim Gary was an American sculptor popularly known for his large, colorful creations of dinosaurs made from discarded automobile parts. These sculptures were typically finished with automobile paint although some were left to develop a natural patina during display outdoors. He was also recognized internationally for his fine, architectural, landscape, and whimsical monumental art as well as abstracts. Sculpture and life figures by Gary often included intricate use of stained glass and his works were frequently composed of, or included, hardware, machine parts, and tools. He employed painted steel in many works, it being his metal of choice. One of his signature works, Universal Woman, a life-sized figure of a woman composed entirely of hardware gained the admiration of renowned sculptor Jacques Lipchitz at a sidewalk show in New York in the early 1960s. Both are modernist sculptors.

Born: March 17, 1939, Sebastian, Florida, USA
Died: January 14, 2006
Residence: Colts Neck, New Jersey, USA
Nationality: American
Occupation: Sculptor
Known for: metal sculptures made from automobile parts, hardware, tools, and stained glass, Twentieth Century Dinosaurs
Website: Jim Gary's Official site
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About Jim Gary

Experimental artist who transformed junk cars into dinosaurs and created "Universal Woman," a life-sized sculpture assembled from discarded washers.

Before Fame

He was able to assemble a car from spare parts before he even learned to drive.


He hand-welded his dinosaur sculptures, some of which were nearly twenty feet high and sixty feet long. He sold some of these unique works for amounts approaching $100,000.

Family Life

He was one of eleven children born to a farming family in Sebastian, Florida.


He and Barry Flanagan were both modernist sculptors.

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