HIGH & DRY

STEVE MADSEN

WOOD

ARTIST
BIOGRAPHY

Steve Madsen lives in British Columbia. Steve carved his first bird at the age of 11 after his father had brought home an old duck decoy that Steve thought didn’t look too much like a duck. His mother, in response told him ‘if you think you can do better, lets see it. He has been carving ever since and has gained international recognition and many awards for his fine, accurate renditions of wildfowl as well as for the creative vision present in his pieces.

Steve specializes in birds, waterfowl, birds of prey and songbirds. With an informal background in wildlife biology and ornithology through his 12 years of work at the Royal British Museum in British Columbia, his work not only exhibits accuracy in form and color but also radiates the life of a real bird.

His commissions have included a full size, male peacock, perched in an old apple tree, a project that took him just over two and a half years - working full time - to complete.

“Within my work I try to freeze time within a birds life, to capture the calm, the movement, or even the chase. Birds are all around us, everyday. They move with us and adapt to the ever changing seasons and environment that we both share.”

His work is in major collections including Bill Gates, Paul Allen, James Brolin, Barbra Streisand, Mr. & Mrs. Duke of Wal-Mart, Ford, Toyota, Hitachi, Honda and Sir Paul McCartney.

Selection of Awards:
  • 9 times - Artist of the Year
  • 17 times - Best in Show
  • 29 times - Best in Division
  • 13 times - Carver’s Choice Awards Ducks Unlimited ‘Carver of the Year’ Award in 1990, 92, 93, 95
  • 57 times - 1ST Place
  • 46 times - 2ND Place
  • 28 times - 3RD Place
  • 18 times -Peoples Choice Awards
  • 16 times - Purchase Awards
I will continue to sculpt and carve birds for as long as I can. For me it’s a creation that I can control, to bring life in my own way. I’ve had people look at my work and tell me that they don’t collect taxidermy work. I just smile and say ‘Thank You'
Steve Madsen