settlers west galleries
celebrating over 48 years of fine art

Mick Doellinger, b.1956

From an early age Mick Doellinger was fascinated with animals, nature and art and in fact, he cannot recall a time when his life did not revolve around them. 
Mick has lived in Fort Worth, Texas since 2003, but grew up in Australia, where he gained many of the skills he uses today in his sculpting process. From his early days of rodeo, taxidermy, guiding and wildlife management, Mick's lifelong accumulation of "hands-on" knowledge has given him distinct insights into the characteristics, movements and anatomy of his subjects. 

Doellinger gained industry recognition with his sculpted taxidermy manikins for their "physical accuracy" and "unique artistry".  Mick hopes viewers of his art will engage with the sculptures in some way, whether it's connecting with a particular animal or learning something new about a species and their attributes.
Over the past thirty-plus years Mick has honed his sculpting skills, melding his working knowledge of anatomy with a deep understanding of animal behavior.
Mick exhibits his sculptures in galleries, museums and juried shows across the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.   His work has appeared in such publications as Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, Western Art Collector and Southwest Art as well as being featured in a book titled Contemporary Art of the Southwest released by Schiffer Publishing in early 2014.
He is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, and in 2012, he was honored with an Award of Excellence & the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum's Purchase Award at the society's annual exhibition in Oradell, New Jersey.  In early 2014, one of Doellinger's longhorn sculptures won an Award of Excellence at the NatureWorks show in Tulsa, OK.   The National Sculpture Society's 2010 juried exhibition awarded him with the John Spring Art Founder Award for one of his English Pointers.