Mick Doellinger strives to capture “the essence” of the animals’ he sculpts, and hopes viewers will connect with the sculptures in some way; noticing the subtle nuances of the shape, motion or character in each piece.
Doellinger believes his time in the field, studying the subjects & environments they occupy, is critical to his creative process, and has spent his entire life working with and around animals in some capacity. This life-long accumulation of “hands-on knowledge” has given him unique insights into the anatomy, movements and behavior of his subjects.
From his first sculpture (at the age of eleven) of an Aboriginal man in terracotta, on to bronzes of Longhorn Steer, European Red Stag, Alaskan Moose, and an African Black Rhino, Mick continues to be inspired by new possibilities and feels his best years are still ahead.
“My earlier work was much more literal, but over time I’ve preferred to not ‘overwork’ the clay. With this looser style, collectors 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, Western Art Collector and SouthWest Art.