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|For the past 35 years, Mick Doellinger has sculpted animals, but his fascination with wildlife, nature, and art reaches back to his earliest memories. From his first terracotta sculpture of an Aboriginal (at the age of 11), to bronzes of longhorns, European red stags, Alaskan moose, and African rhinos, his subjects span the globe and show his varied interests.
Doellinger has spent his entire life working with and around animals in some capacity, and this lifelong accumulation of hands-on knowledge has given him unique insights into the anatomy, movements, and behavior of his subjects. He believes his time in the field, studying the subjects and the environments they occupy, is critical to his creative process. He hopes viewers of his work will connect with the sculpture in some way. He wants people to “feel the essence of the animal” and notice the subtle nuances of the shape, motion, and character in each piece.
An Elected Member of the National Sculpture Society, the Society of Animal Artists, and the California Art Club, Doellinger’s sculptures are exhibited in galleries, museums, and private collections around the world. His most recent awards include the 2021 Bob Kuhn Wildlife Award for Higher Ground and 2020 Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture at Masters of the American West; the 2020 Gold Medal/Marion and Gilbert Roller Memorial Prize at the National Sculpture Society’s Annual Awards Exhibition; and the 2019 Artists’ Choice Award at the Briscoe Museum’s Night of the Artists. His work has appeared in Art of the West, Fine Art Connoisseur, Southwest Art, Sporting Classics, Western Art & Architecture, and Western Art Collector.
“My earlier work was much more literal, but over time I’ve preferred to not ‘overwork’ the clay. With this looser style, collectors of my work will continue to notice something they hadn’t seen before, even if it’s just a partial fingerprint or smudge. These slight ‘imperfections’ are a reminder of the hands-on sculpting process, kept frozen in the finished bronze. . . . For me, it’s less about creating a perfect replica of the animal, and more about sculpting a narrative or moment in time.”
Mick Doellinger is represented by Astoria Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming; Fama Fine Art, Houston, Texas; InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas; McLarry Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Mockingbird Gallery, Bend, Oregon; Paderewski Fine Art, Beaver Creek, Colorado, and Nashville, Tennessee; Settlers West Galleries Inc., Tucson, Arizona; the Sportsman’s Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina; and the Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire, England.