Daniel Ray Parker
Daniel Ray Parker is active/lives in Montana, Oregon. Daniel Parker is known for North American and African animal sculpture.
Daniel Ray Parker
Biography from the Archives of askART
The following is a biography for Daniel Ray Parker from his brother, Mike Parker.
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Name: Daniel Ray Parker
Birthdate/Birthplace: November 18, 1959 / Portland, OR
Studio location: Kalispell, MT
Subject matter for which known: Small and large bronze wildlife sculptures of North American animals as well as African animals, including life size and monumental pieces). The artist specializes in table sculptures of grizzly bears, elk, deer, moose, elephant, cape buffalo, etc.
Style: realist animalier
Method: Bronze castings
DANIEL RAY PARKER was raised in Kalispell, located in northwestern Montana. He is a self-taught artist, having gained some inspiration from the legendary Montana artist Charles Marion Russell. Local artistic talents such as Ace Powell and Frank Divita also had an impact on Parker early in his career. Daniel has spent a great deal of time in the mountains studying each animal in its natural habitat. The artist possesses a rare eye for the aesthetics of fine art and for capturing the unique balance and grace that each of his subjects command. Each piece is sculpted with the strictest attention paid to detail, posture and body proportions.
Daniels sculptures are in prized collections around the world, including but not limited to, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Indonesia, Columbia, Mexico, Australia, Canada, and in countless collections around the United States. Collectors include Jack Nicklaus, who purchased the grizzly bear table sculpture entitled "Members Only", which is a sold out 49-piece edition.
In July of l997, a monumental sculpture described as "Montana's Largest Bronze Sculpture", was placed in front of the Hibernation Station at West Yellowstones Grizzly Park. This monument is a 1.5 times life size pair of fighting bull elk entitled "Yellowstone Legacy". It is a massive sculpture, measuring 23 feet long and 8 feet high. The entire piece was sculpted and constructed in Parker's foundry in Kalispell, Montana. Again in 1997, Parker received the "Ralph 'Tuffy' Berg Award" at the Charles M. Russell Art Show in Great Falls, Montana. This prestigious award goes to the best new artist of the year (new artist to the CMR Show). In 1998, his grizzly bear table sculpture entitled "Brooks Falls" was awarded the coveted "People's Choice Best Sculpture Award", again at the Charles M. Russell Art Show in Great Falls, Montana. In 1998, his grizzly bear table sculpture entitled "The Watcher" received the "People's Choice Award" at the Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont. In 1998, he was awarded the "Best Sculpture Award" at the Wild Wings Art Show, Lake City, Minnesota for his piece entitled "Southfork Crossing". In February 1999, the National Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chose Parker as their "Sculpture Artist of the Year".
In March of 1999, Parker again received the "People's Choice Best Sculpture Award" at the Charles M. Russell Art Show. Later in 1999, the artists themselves awarded Parker "The Artist's Award" for his elephant table sculpture entitled "Sweet Talk", at Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont. In April of 2000, Parker won the "Viewer's Favorite Award" at the 2000 Spirit Of The Great Plains Show at the Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska.
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