Tim Cherry produces sculptures which not only attract the viewers eye but also the viewer’s 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 animal’s’ 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 Gold Medal from the National Sculpture Society for “Flea Flicker.” Tim continues to be recognized and awarded. In 2017 he received the Cyrus Dallin Best Sculpture Award at the Eiteljorg Museum and with a retrospective exhibition at the Woolaroc Museum in Bartelsville, OK, Best of the Best . 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.
Tim says sincerely, “It takes a tremendous amount of teamwork, time and money to cast bronze. I am extremely grateful for everyone involved with my artwork, their efforts means a great deal to me. As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, I feel it takes a tribe to raise a sculptor! My family, friends, peers, foundry personnel, patineur, galleries and collectors – are all apart of that tribe.”
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