From the very beginning, Mike Boyce had a different vision of taxidermy. As a painter and a sculpture, Mike approached his new vocation as an artist. His understanding of design principles, his first-hand experience with animals from around the world, his innate artistic talent, and his genuine appreciation for the beauty of wildlife combined to create true works of art the likes of which the taxidermy industry had never seen. And it didn’t stop with individual trophies. Mike’s vision included the concept of the elevated trophy room and expanded to encompass spectacular reproduction pieces and dramatic bronze sculptures. Today, Animal Artistry is proud to offer the world’s leading animal art in various media.
Experience speaks for itself, and taxidermy is no exception. Mike has traveled the world many times over, and reference libraries are a poor substitute for seeing these animals in their natural habitats. It’s the exquisite attention to detail that does a trophy justice, and the team at Animal Artistry has the experience and skillset to flawlessly execute every piece. From accurate anatomy to appropriate posture to subtle nuance, our pieces of art are breathtaking representations of the living, breathing, moving animal. Every trophy we mount is a custom work of art, individually designed and sculpted to exacting standards. The mount itself is built with an emphasis on symmetry, detail, and overall durability for a stunningly realistic representation of the animal and its natural habitat.
Done well, the trophy room is a space that tells the stories of the animals and the many experiences of the hunts themselves. Our skilled trophy room design team will work with your architect or builder for new construction or remodel projects that perfectly capture the realism of the outdoors. Gone are the days of the “den of death” — an uninspired space adorned with severed heads. Our vision brings the outdoors in. These stunning dioramas begin with the backdrop, a site-specific mural that visually expands the room while also lending depth, dimensions, and realism. Our team then constructs stunningly realistic settings based on your animals’ native habitats, The diorama builds on the background with dramatic sets that include reproduction trees and foliage, rock formations, water features, professional lighting, even appropriate weather elements and sound effects. These custom habitats allow for the display of more animals without a crowded effect, and the effect as a whole beautifully brings the animals’ stories to life.
The world is changing, and animal reproductions have come a long way. Today’s state-of-the-art techniques make it possible to create incredibly realistic reproductions of animals including elephants, hippos, rhinos, and large reptiles. These highly detailed works of art are so authentically recreated, many cannot be discerned from real skins. Our skilled reproductions also include antlers and horns.
Sculpting bronze statues was a natural progression for Mike’s artistic endeavors. These stunning pieces are a dramatic extension to the philosophy of the art of the animal, and our proprietary resins make these works of art suitable for varying applications and budgets.