Company founder Michael Boyce starts Animal Artistry as a one-man operation in his garage, with a vision of creating true works of art that tell the story of living, moving animals in all their grace and dignity.
Mike enters a Safari Club International competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcasing two airborne mule deer leaping over a fallen tree. The mount wins the People’s Choice Award, immediately putting Animal Artistry on the map and going on to serve as the centerpiece for the governor’s inaugural ball.
Fumes and a growing workload force the business out of the garage and into a rundown commercial building. The small team of artists navigates the dual struggle of developing this new approach to taxidermy while also managing the business side of a growing company.
The success of a series of large-scale projects, including the flagship Cabela’s store in Nebraska, is evidence that the concept of animals in motion has changed the taxidermy industry forever. The company continues its steady growth to meet demand.
Mike’s artistic vision expands to include bronze sculptures, an offering that’s met with great enthusiasm. He also begins painting, rounding out the concept of taxidermy, sculpting and painting for a fuller, richer depiction of wildlife.
With years of successful projects behind it, Animal Artistry is proud to be considered one of the most respected taxidermy studios in the world. Today’s team of over 40 artists remains dedicated to individually designing, sculpting, and creating animal trophies to exacting standards – a story, every time. And with its 90-day completion time, the company continues to challenge the status quo.
Client: Marc Butler
Trophy Room: Leopard and Impala
In 1987, Marc Butler was 15 years old and attending his first Safari Club International show. There, he saw the work of Mike Boyce and Animal Artistry, and even at a young age, he understood that they shared a similar understanding of the purpose of taxidermy. “What taxidermy represents to me is an adventure,” Marc says. “I’m a real hunter, a purist, and I only want to mount something that has a great story. Mike understands that, and his work captures the essence of the adventure, the risk, and everything that went into the hunt.”Read More
Every trophy we mount is individually designed and sculpted to exacting standards.
This approach to animal art makes every piece we create a true original, designed with care and skill to enhance the animal’s best features. The mount itself is built with an emphasis on symmetry, detail, and overall durability for a stunning ly accurate representation of the animal’s natural habitat. Animal Artistry has never been a production taxidermy studio, beginning each project with a vision and investing both time and creative talent. To do this work any other way is disrespectful to both the animal and the experience of the hunt itself.Read More