Tim Cherry

Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1965, Tim Cherry grew up in Nelson, a town located among the rugged Canadian Rockies in southeastern British Columbia. This is where he developed a love of wildlife and the outdoors that would later inspire his wildlife sculpture Escaping into the wild was then, and still is, a spiritual experience. At sixteen Tim began working summers as a cook and wrangler for a hunting outfit, which took him into the wilderness country of northern British Columbia. By the time Tim Cherry was eighteen he was guiding his own clients on two week trips.
The next twelve years saw Tim working with other outfitters who ventured further into the vast expanses of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Throughout all of these experiences, Tim’s keen eye and mind were recording the shapes and movement of the wild animals of this vast wilderness. Tim’s love for these creatures led to an interest in taxidermy. At age 19 Tim contacted taxidermist Forest Hart, who welcomed him to his workshop in Hampden, Maine.It was from that approach that Tim’s unique style resulted: an expression of each animal’s personality, movement and behavior. The sculptures of animals pulse with life and innately celebrate life. Grace and elegance truly are qualities immediately recognizable in Tim’s work, but another quality frequently present; is a sense of whimsy, which marks a number of his works. The bronze animals are issued in small editions, a fact which collectors truly appreciate. The bronze sculptures are also enhanced by Tim’s highly polished surfaces, which glimmer with reflective light making them incredibly tactile. About the patinas, Tim says, “With the smooth surfaces I have a large palette of options available, since my work leans toward a more contemporary style, I enjoy experimenting with colorful lively patinas. To me color is an important part of the design.”Tim has also been recognized by his peers for his sculptures of animals: at the age of twenty-five he gained membership in the Society of Animal Artists and five years later at only thirty, he was elected to membership in the National Sculpture Society and also the National Sculptors Guild. Tim produces sculptures which bring pleasure to his clients and grace homes, sculpture gardens, offices and public places both nationally and internationally. He is also a sought after contributor to major exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2001, Tim received the James Earl Fraser Sculpture Award, presented annually for the sculpture exhibiting exception merit as deemed by the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City during the Prix de West Invitational for the sculpture “Snake in the Grass.” Tim also received in 2001 the prestigious Bronze Medal from the National Sculpture Society for “Rivers Run.” Tim’s sculpture can be found in a handful of galleries across the continent in collectors’ bronze sculpture gardens internationally and gracing the pages of Southwest Art, Wildlife Art and Art of the West magazines.
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Tim Cherry