Alberta artist Rick Taylor is one of the world’s leading wildlife artists within contemporary sculpture. A zoology graduate from the University of Calgary, Taylor’s work focuses primarily on wild sheep but also encompasses other wildlife themes as well. Much of his artistic drive stems from his passion for preserving the wilderness regions that inspires his work.
Upon his graduation in 1971, he embarked on a four-year stint as a museum taxidermist and display artist. He later opened his own taxidermy studio and began his real apprenticeship for his future career in sculpture, his experience handling wildlife from around the world informing his subsequent work.
Inspired by the works of historic taxidermist/sculptors Carl Akeley and James Clark housed in New York museums, Taylor sought to expand his artistic horizons with a new medium. The permanence and versatility of bronze allowed Rick to make artistic statements in a much broader sense than taxidermy ever allowed. Figurative, monumental and miniature provided unlimited artistic scope.
The fund-raising activities of international organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep and Trout Unlimited have benefitted financially from the hundreds of Rick Taylor bronze sculptures auctioned at fund-raisers around the world. Rick sees this as a way of doing his part on wildlife preservation and conservation.
Taylor has received several wildlife art awards for his work, which has been displayed in settings as diverse as outdoor parks from Radium Hot Springs, BC, to Ulan Bator, Mongolia; embassy lobbies from the US to Japan; private and public museums; and individual collections. Many of his works have directly directly international wilderness organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club International, the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep and Trout Unlimited as charity auction items. He currently lives and works amid the rainforests of the BC interior with his wife , fellow artist Carole Danyluk, and travels extensively.