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Tim Shinabarger is too modest, too soft spoken to ever put together a biography for his own web page, so as a writer who has penned several magazine stories about his work over the years, allow me to provide an introduction.
To use a professional sports metaphor, Shinabarger is what you might call a potent double threat. He's an award-winning sculptor, as well as a gifted oil painter, and his explorations in both mediums have transformed him into one of the exceptional talents of his generation.
I love to experience raw nature, I live for it," he says. Whenever I feel as if I've been trapped in civilization for too long, I can't wait to touch the wilderness, taste it and smell it. When I'm in the backcountry gathering material for a new piece, this is how I empower myself to say something artistically."
Shinabarger's wildlife studies and monumental celebrations of big game animals have earned him honors and recognition from the National Sculpture Society, the Society of Animal Artists, and several prominent museums, distinctions rare for someone so young. Most recently in 2001, he was the recipient of the C. Percival Dietsch Award from the National Sculpture Society. He has also received the Louis Bennett Prize from the National Sculpture Society, the Elliot Liskin Award form the Society of Animal Artists, and the Tuffy Berg Memorial Award from the C.M. Russell Museum.
In order to convey the essence of his elusive subjects, Shinabarger says it is necessary to put himself in a position to directly observe them in the wild.
Following in the footsteps of such pathfinders as Carl Rungius, Belmore Brown, Bob Kuhn, and Ken Bunn, Shinabarger makes regular pilgrimages into the wilderness to gather ideas for new material.
Like Rungius, Shinabarger has extensive knowledge of animal behavior and a talent for conveying the personality of a subject, "neither of which can be learned in the studio alone," notes William Kerr, a trustee of the National Museum of Wildlife Art in an article on Shinabarger which appeared in Southwest Art Magazine.
Indeed, be it the Brooks Range in remotest Alaska where he has spent weeks trailing Grizzly bears and migrating caribou; the Wrangle Range where he's ascended the rugged crags in search of Dall Sheep; the red rock canyons of Utah where he's plied the shadows in search of mule deer; or the vast greater Yellowstone ecosystem in his own backyard, where he's ambled after moose and majestic wapiti, Shinabarger's wanderings are tireless. In turn, his bronzes are timeless.
"Tim is one of the bright stars and he's creating wonderful things," sculptor Ken Bunn says. "He is doing something that a heck of a lot of guys don't do: He's living the experience of the outdoors that all of us are drawn to, and he's putting it into his work."
Tim invites you to return to this web site to accompany him on recent adventures in Alaska and Canada which are the inspiration behind several new pieces coming out of his studio. For those who want to see his work firsthand, Tim is represented by Legacy Galleries in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona, J.N. Bartfield Gallery in New York City, New York, Collector's Covey in Dallas, Texas, DeMott Gallery in Vail, Colorado, Coeur d' Alene Galleries in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, Ponderosa Art Gallery in Hamilton, Montana, and Tierney Fine Art in Bozeman, Montana.
By Todd Wilkinson
Celebrating 40 years as the oldest artist-owned gallery in the state of Vermont.
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