Tim Shinabarger



Biography

Biography- Tim Shinabarger

By Todd Wilkinson

 

Tim Shinabarger is an award-winning American sculptor and painter internationally known for his portrayals of wildlife. Today, his works in bronze can be found in major museums and private collections, including the Autry National Center’s Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Wyoming.

A native of Montana, Shinabarger spent his youth and early adulthood never far away from his beloved wilderness areas in the northern Rocky Mountains.  The past few decades have seen Shinabarger going further afield, exploring some of the most remote corners of the continent to gather reference material for new pieces.  “Nature is the source of my inspiration,” he says.  “There is no replacement for total immersion if what you’re seeking is the truth.”

Critics hail Shinabarger’s work both for its mature, sophisticated approach to composition and for the artist’s ability to communicate the very spirit of his subjects.  Expanding his corpus, Shinabarger has also won acclaim for his depictions of African and Alaskan mega fauna.  He is, without question one of the finest wildlife sculptors of his generation.

“Tim Shinabarger is like an elder statesman of wildlife art without actually being very old,” says Adam Duncan Harris, chief curator at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  He has risen to the top and has remained there with work that is consistently innovative and of the highest quality.”

Among some of his accolades:  Being a four time winner of the coveted James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award at the annual Prix de West Invitational and earning similar distinctions from the National Sculpture Society, National Museum of Wildlife Art, and Society of Animal Artists.  Most recently, his monumental piece “Great Northern” was installed on the sculpture trail at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wy.  “Black Timber Bugler” monumental was also permanently installed at the CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, Mt.

 

Awards and Honors:

 

2018 “Black Timber Bugler” Monumental selected for permanent

Placement at the CM Russell Museum, Great Falls, Mt.

 

2016 “Great Northern” Monumental selected for permanent placement at

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wy.

 

2014 Bronze Medal, National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition

 

2014 Major General and Mrs. Don D. Pittman Wildlife Award, Prix de

West Invitational Art Exhibition, National Cowboy and Western

Heritage Center, Oklahoma City, Ok

 

2011 Red Smith Award, Western Visions Art Show, National Museum of

Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wy.

 

2010  James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award, Prix de West Invitational Art

Exhibition—Oklahoma City, OK

 

2010   Elected to the Board of Directors of the National Sculpture Society

 

2009   Honored Guest Artist, CM Russell Art Show & Auction – Great Falls, MT

 

2008   James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award, Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition – Oklahoma City, Ok

 

2008   Elected Fellow, National Sculpture Society

 

2007   “Black Timber Bugler” Monumental selected for permanent

Placement at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole,

Wyoming

 

2005   James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award, Prix de West Invitational Art

Exhibition – Oklahoma City, OK

 

2005   “Push Comes to Shove” selected for placement in the permanent collection of the Museum Of The American West, Autry National Center – Los Angeles, CA

 

2004   Robert Lougheed Memorial Award, Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition – Oklahoma City, OK

 

2004   James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award, Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition – Oklahoma City, OK

 

2004   “Sik Sik Shell Game” Selected for placement at the Leaning Tree Museum of Western Art – Boulder, Co

 

2003  Elected Professional Member, National Sculpture Society

 

2003   “Sik Sik Shell Game” Selected by Oklahoma City Zoo for permanent placement

 

2003   Featured Sculptor & Artist in Residence, Western Visions Miniature Show, National Museum of Wildlife Art – Jackson, WY

 

2001   The C. Percival Dietsch Prize, National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition

 

1999   Elliot Liskin Award, Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition

 

1998   Louis Bennett Prize, National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition

 

1996   Merit Award, Wildlife and Western Art Exhibition & Sale – Mound, Minnesota

 

  • Tuffy Berg Memorial Award, CM Russell Art Action – Great Falls,

Montana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications:

Art of the West – August 2010

 

Western Art Collector- August 2008

 

Western Art and Architecture – Winter/Spring 2008

 

Wildlife Art ­- July/August 2007

 

Art of the West – July/August 2006

 

Informart – Spring 2005

 

Persimmon Hill – Summer 2004

 

Sporting Classics – July/August 2003

 

Art of the West – January/February 2003

 

Wildlife Art – July/August 2001

 

Southwest Art – December 1999

 

Big Sky Journal – Winter 1998

 

Art of the West – January/February 1998

 

Art of the West – January/February 1995

 

Grays Sporting Journal – Occasional Cover & Article Illustrations

 

Sporting Tales – Illustrations