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 and Fine Art Connoisseur.