Mick Doellinger hopes viewers of his work will connect with the sculptures in some way;
“feeling the essence of the animal” and noticing the subtle nuances of the shape, motion or
character in each piece.
For the past 35 years, Mick Doellinger has focused on sculpting animals, but his fascination
with wildlife, nature and art spans back to his earliest memories. From his first terracotta
sculpture of an Aboriginal (at the age of eleven), to bronzes of Longhorn Steer, European
Red Stag, Alaskan Moose, and an African Black Rhino, Mick’s subjects span the globe and
show his varied interests.
Doellinger’s entire life has been spent working with animals in some capacity; and this life-
long 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 & environments they occupy, is critical to his creative process.
“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.”
“It’s less about creating a perfect replica of the animal, and more about sculpting a narrative or moment in time.”
Mick is an Elected Member of both the National Sculpture Society & the Society of Animal
Artists. His work can be seen in museums, galleries and private collections around the
world, as well as appearing in magazines such as Western Art & Architecture, Sporting
Classics, Art of the West, Fine Art Connoisseur and Western Art Collector.
Click on the images below to view Mick Doellinger's artwork available for sale at this year's show.
"The Ultimate “Head-Butt".
Like a missile, he focuses on his opponent’s head and begins to Launch!"
"While camping on the edge of a lake in Mozambique a few years back, this hippo insisted on making loud vocalizations all night while splashing around in front of our tent. This became an Irritating, Nightly ritual!”