Biography / Artist Statement
Bob Gielich’s love and respect for nature is evident when viewing one of his sculptures. Self-taught, Geulich became attracted to the medium of sculpture because he found that working three-dimensionally better suited his creativity and love for animals. Birds and mammals are his favorite subjects. Studying the subject in its natural habitat is a major part of each work, with the result that Guelich is able to transfer the precisions of the biological into a complete artistic impression.
Guelich is a fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and he has received that organization’s gold and silver medals in annual exhibitions. He has also won the Award of Excellence medal and many other awards from the Society of Animals Artists. Guelich’s sculptures have been placed in the Kansas City Zoo; the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens; the Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Benson Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado; at Rice University; the University of Notre Dame; the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey; the Doane College; and the Mayo Foundation, in Rochester, Minnesota. Other monumental commissions include works for the San Antonio, Omaha and Houston Zoo.
This year Guelich is installing a monumental ram sculpture at Angelo State University.