Tim Cherry Biography
Tim produces sculptures which not only attract the viewers eye but also the
viewers hand. Born in Calgary, Alberta in 1965, Tim 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.
Escaping into the wilds 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 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. Despite the fact
that he was unaware of any aspirations for a future in fine art, his
interests were going that direction. At age 19 Tim contacted taxidermist
Forest Hart, who welcomed him to his workshop in Hampden, Maine. Hart
specialized in sculpting mannequins – the artificial bodies used by
taxidermists. As a student, Tim's hand and mind became skilled in modeling
animals' musculature. He sculpted models for the production process in
taxidermy, while learning animal anatomy from the inside out. Tim also
observed Hart as he prepared a sculpture to be transformed into bronze.
Accompanying Hart to a New York foundry, Tim experienced the fascinating
and magical process of fine art bronze for the first time. This observation
led Tim to realize that his own life work was finding direction as this
would be the year Tim would complete his first sculpture.
In 1988 while Tim was living in Canada, he met noted sculptor Dan
Ostermiller who invited him to visit his studio in Loveland, Co.
"Ostermiller gave me the opportunity to begin my career, Tim said. Tim
then went to work in the studio of both Ostermiller and Fritz White
learning the skills necessary for the sculptural process. According to Tim,
"I learned direction, enthusiasm, and perseverance from Fritz White. He
taught me the importance of mass and volume and gave me the confidence to
keep trying different options, never quitting on a design. Fritz was, and
still is a source of inspiration and a mentor." White also gave Tim the
opportunity to try stone carving in his studio. Carving alabaster, Tim
began to find within it the shapes of the animals which were to become his
life work, experimenting with graceful simple lines and forms. Tim states,
"My sculptural approach involves the use of simplified shapes and lines to
produce curvilinear forms. I enjoy orchestrating these elements into
sculpture that is rhythmical, flowing and inviting to the touch. Capturing
the grace and elegance of my subjects is a primary goal."
It was from that approach that Tim's unique style resulted: an expression
of each animals personality, movement and behavior. The 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
sculptures 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: 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, 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 homes internationally and gracing the pages of Southwest Art,
Wildlife Art and Art of the West magazines.
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