Peregrine O’Gormley grew up on 40 acres of woods and grazing land in the mountains of central New Mexico, where his father taught him to carefully observe his natural surroundings. His stomping grounds included the hills and valleys in the several square mile watershed surrounding their home, barbed wire fences, rattle snakes, gopher snakes, rabbits, coyotes and fox, myriad raptors and small birds, and the odd black bear, plus miles of free wandering pinyon juniper woodland.
In remembering his father, O’Gormley states, "My father, taught me to see. We'd peer carefully at a pinhead-sized flying insect, and he’d say, 'A flying Miracle! This minuscule thing, eats, breaths, poops, sees, hears, has legs -6, did you count them? Did you catch the iridescence in its wings? Does it have two pairs or one? ... AND this tiny thing CAN FLY! Unbelievable!’"
Sculpting from his early days through to the present, he first exhibited in a Santa Fe, New Mexico gallery in his teens. In the fall of 2017 Fine Art Connoisseur included O’Gormley in its, "Three to Watch". He has won multiple National Sculpture Society awards including the Pat Munson Prize for Avian Sculpture 2017 and 2015, and in 2016 the Green-Wood Cemetery Award. In 2019 he was honored with the Southwest Art Award at the Coors Western Art Exhibit in Denver, Colorado.
Recent exhibits include, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Liegh-Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The Woolaroc Museum recently invited O’Gormley for it's 2021 retrospective. Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison, WA, and Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, NM represent his work.
He earned a degree in biology at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO.
O’Gormley now lives and works on seven acres with his wife Laurel and their three children overlooking the Puget Sound in northwestern, WA, United States.
And Then You Dreamed
Director of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Greg Robinson, describes O’Gormley’s work as, "third generation Northwest School".
The subjects of O'Gormley's work relate to elements of human experience and impact depicted through living forms. Though anatomically respectful, they focus on feeling and spirit rather than precise emulation. The pieces in this body of work speak of a sense of calm and resilience in the face of adversity, they relate to the long term and the bigger picture."
Selected Recent Awards:
Southwest Art Award, Coors Western Art
Pat Munson Prize for Avian Sculpture, 82nd/84th Annual Awards Exhibitions
Green-Wood Cemetery Award, 83rd Annual Awards Exhibition
Recent Juried and Invitational Exhibitions:
-Slated Retrospective and Sale 2021, Woolaroc Museum, Bartlesville, OK
-Solo exhibition 2020, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Winslow, WA
-Birds in Art 2018/19, Leigh Yawkey-Woodson Art Museum Wausau, WI
-Western Visions 2018/19, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
-Coors western Art 2019/20, Denver, CO
-National Sculpture Society 82rd-86th Annual Awards Exhibition, Brookgreen