For Texan Darrell Davis, sculpting wildlife was an easy choice. ?I?ve always liked animals, maybe because I?m an only child - they were my brothers and sisters. There are so many different species that I never got bored".
He never really liked art classes, but he had a change of heart after visiting South Carolina?s Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens at 15. ?I remember seeing the big aluminum horses out in front of the garden and thinking they were pretty incredible. It took me longer to walk around them than anyone else, and I knew then that?s what I wanted to do".
He studied fine art at the University of Texas at Arlington, followed by graduate courses in landscape architecture. ?All the old sculptors were also architects. We studied architecture and sculptors, and I learned a great deal about design and composition".
Before starting a sculpture, Darrell researches his subject, often visiting the Dallas and Fort Worth zoos and the nearby Fossil Rim Wildlife Park to see animals in action. ?Often the animal will hit a position that just clicks and I think it will look nice sculpturally".
He has been participating in Sculpture In The Park, in Loveland Colorado for the nine years.
Darrell will also be in the annual benefit for Brookgreen Gardens, Pauleys Island, South Carolina.
National Juried and Invitational Exhibitions
National Sculpture society 83rd Annual Exhibition Brookgreen Gardens SC, Aug, 6 to Oct. 30, 2016
American Society of Marine Artists; The Muscarelle Museum, Williamsburg, VA - Sept. 9 to Dec. 2, 2016
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition' Autry Museum of the American West Apriol 3-24 2016
National Sculpture Sociaty 82nd Annual Exhibition; Brookgreen Gardens SC Aug-Nov 2015
All Creatures Great and Small, Naples Botanical Garden in cooperation with the National Sculpture Sociaty, Naples FL
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition; USC Fisher Muesum of Art, Los Angeles CA, March 2015
Art and the Animal, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell NJ; Arizona-Sonora Museum, 2013-2014
Birds in Art, Woodson Museum of Art, Wausau WI, September 2013
National Sculpture Society 80th Annual Exhibition; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa FL, October 2013
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition; Autry Center, Los Angeles CA, April 2011
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition; Pasadena Museum of California Art, April 2011
Performance in Art, NSS Exhibition; Straz Center for the Performin Arts, Tampa FL; 2011
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition; Pasadena Museum of California Art, April 2009
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition; Pasadena Museum of California Art, April 2008.
California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, April 2007
National Sculpture Society 72nd Annual Exhibition-NYC, 2005; Brookgreen Gardens, Jan. 2006
Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition ? Nevada State Museum, Carson City NV.-2005
Art And The Animal tour-Jan.2006 The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO. ? Apr. 2006 West
Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ. ? Jun. 2006 Muscarelle Museum Of Art, College of
William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. ?Sep. 2006 Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling,
WV. ? Nov. 2006 Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI.
National Geographic Society Exhibition ? Washington DC, June 2005 ? June 2006
National Sculpture Society ? ?The Sea? ? NYC 2005
Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition- Hiram Blauvelt Museum of Art, Oradell, NJ 2004
Art and the Animal tour- Jan.2005 Lakeview Museum of Art, Peoria, IL.- April 2005 West Valley
Art Museum,Surprise,AZ. ? June 2005 Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural
History, Norman, OK. ? Nov. 2005 University Of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, NE.
? Jan. 2006 The Art Institute at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ.
Birds in Art- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 2004
Birds in Art 2004 tour- Dec. 2004 James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN.-
April 2005 Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ.- July 2005 Wendell Gilley
Museum of Art, Southwest Harbor, ME.
American Society of Marine Artists Exhibition, Vero Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida- April 2004
National Sculpture Society- Wings of Hope Wings of Peace- NYC 2003
Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition- Hiram Blauvelt Museum of Art, NYC 2003
Wildlife Experience, Denver CO- 2004
"Sculpture in the Park", Loveland High Plains Art Council - Loveland, Colorado-2005,04,03,02,01,00,99,97,96.
?Sculpture in the South?, Summerville, SC.2007, 06, 05, 04, 03.
Southeastern Wildlife Art Expo, Charleston, South Carolina- 2001, 00,99,98,97,96
Loredo Taft Society National Sculpture Show, Urbana, Illinois ?2001, 1999.
Waterfowl Festival, Easton, Maryland ? 2000, 1999.
"Sculpture Along the Trinity"- Fort Worth, Texas ? 2001, 1998.
National Art Competition, Bosque County Conservatory of Fine Arts- Clifton, Texas- 2000,1997,96,95.
Cypress Gardens ' Wildlife Sculpture Series IV - Cypress Gardens, Florida ? 1998.
Loveland Sculpture Invitational, Loveland Sculpture Group- Loveland, Colorado- 1994,92.
Honors and Commissions
2008 Monument to Charles Fraser, Compass Rose Park, Hilton Head SC.
2008 Veterans Memorial, Veterans Memorial Park, Keller TX.
2007 Columbian Park Zoo, Lafayette IN. 7 lifesize commissions
2005 Tallix Prize, National Sculpture Society 72nd annual Exhibition, NYC.
2005 Flying Heron, City of Keller TX.
2005 Heron and the Sun, Azalea Park, Summerville, SC.
2004 Sculpture Award of Merit, American Society of Marine Artists.
2004 Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago IL. West Gate Project;Monumental Black Bears.
2003 WCI resort Palm Beach, Florida, Flying Heron installed.
2002 Frisco, TX, monumental commission ?Waiting for the rails?,
2002 Gaithersburg, MD, Installation of Heron and the Sun.
2000 Dallas Zoo, Sixty three piece life-sized commission, Lacertte Family Children?s Zoo.
1996 Presidents Award -American Artists Professional League, New York, NY.
1995 Dorris Brunner Rosser Award for Sculpture, 10th Annual Bosque Conservatory of Fine Arts Competition.
1994 Purchase of "Pondering Chimpanzee" by the Loveland Sculpture Group for donation to the
city of Loveland Colorado's permanent outdoor sculpture collection.
1993 Medal of Honor for Sculpture, American Artist Professional League, 64th Annual Grand
National Exhibit- New York, New York.
Society of Animal Artists.
California Art Club
The American Society of Marine Artists
American Artists Professional League, Fellow
Shaw Gallery is thrilled to represent Darrell Davis in Southwest Florida. For more information on his work, please contact Shaw Gallery at (239) 261-7828.