Rikki Morley Saunders

Rikki Morley Saunders, Nureyev, bronze, 26 x 36 x 65 inches, edition of 12
Rikki Morley Saunders, Nureyev, bronze, 26 x 36 x 65 inches, edition of 12

Exhibition

News

Martha Stewart admires aluminum “Alexander” by Rikki Morley Saunders

May 3, 2018

About the Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, Martha writes, "I spotted this peacock right away and had a couple photos taken of me standing next to it. It reminded me of my beautiful blue peacocks at home."

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Francis Di Fronzo featured in "Better Call Saul"

Exhibited Artists in TV & Film

February 28, 2018

Artists who have exhibited with Somerville Manning Gallery have appeared in a number of movies and television shows. Here are some examples!

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Rikki Morley Saunders featured in Sculpture News

September 20, 2014

Sculpture News Summer 2014 I am passionate about capturing that moment that sings to me, one which both exemplifies and conveys how special that animal is...

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Rikki Morley Saunders, Gift in Velvet, bronze, 49 x 53 x 22 inches

Rikki Morley Saunders – Essence of the Animal

October 9, 2013

October 2013 American Art Collector Magazine Pennsylvania sculptor Rikki Morley Saunders works only from life, spending countless hours observing animals in their habitats, learning their language and studying their form.

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Rikki Morley Saunders, Tarka, bronze, 6 1/2 x 38 x 12 inches

Art and the Animal – Rikki Saunders

November 23, 2012

September 2012 Western Art Collector Magazine “My artistic interest was nurtured by my father who taught me to hunt and fish, to carve in wood, to sit quietly in nature, to observe, and to immerse myself in the character of a wild creature.”

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Nureyev
bronze
26 x 36 x 65 inches
edition of 12
 
 
 
 

About

“Art and nature have always been central in my life. My artistic interest was nurtured by my father who taught me to hunt and fish, to carve in wood, to sit quietly in nature, to observe, and to immerse myself in the character of a wild creature.

Growing out of such experiences, I am committed to only working from life and spending my days with wonderful animals, observing their habits, learning their language, and studying their form, all in an attempt to convey with great passion, their grace and spirit.

My husband, Jesse, and I live on a farm in Pennsylvania surrounded by horses, dogs, cats, a herd of deer, and a muster of peacocks.  We have the privilege to be the unofficial custodians of many wild creatures, one being a whitetail deer I named Gift.

Gift was orphaned after a tornado devastated the nearby woods. Once it became evident that his mother was not able to return to claim him, I took on the responsibility of learning to raise a baby deer on a bottle. Our intimate relationship granted me the ability to create Gift in Velvet and his female counterpart Spring Fling.  I learned so much from Gift in the 17 years he shared with me.  It was an incredible privilege and I truly miss him.

Our muster of peacocks are comical, elegant, vicious and beautiful. I had just started working on a life-size peacock, when my model, Nureyev, had an encounter with a raccoon in a tree and ended up in a heap on the ground with a broken leg. It was amazing to have Nureyev in my studio for three months while he recovered.  I would keep my studio door open and his brother and sister would come in to visit him. Working from life in the studio was brilliant, but after he was healed he took up chasing cars!!

I am currently working on a monumental sculpture for a client, who sadly passed away. We shared such a passion for this project that I am driven to complete it.

I am always searching for a moment in time—always fleeting—that illuminates a creature’s very essence. I am passionate about capturing a moment that sings to me, one which both exemplifies and conveys how special that creature is and my profound love and respect for the wild.”

Fellow of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
National Sculpture Society
Society of Animal Artist
Audubon Society

Selected Exhibitions

2018         Seattle Art Fair, Seattle, WA

                  Philadelphia Art and Antique Show, Philadelphia, PA

2017         National Sculpture Society 84thAnnual Award Exhibition, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC

2013         Rikki Morley Saunders, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE

2012         National Sculpture Society Annual Exhibition, Brook Green Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC

2011         USArtists, Philadelphia, PA

2010         Equus – The Art of the Horse

2010         USArtists, Philadelphia, PA

2007         Animalier, Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE

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