Patrick Doughtery, the man behind the stick creations popping up around the world.
North Carolina’s very own Rumpelstiltskin has made a name for himself across the world.
Patrick Dougherty, born in Oklahoma and raised in North Carolina, has lived a life full of adventure. After a series of different degrees, Dougherty found his voice through sticks sculptures.
“You arrive late to the game, but in thirty years I have learned and grown and created,” Dougherty said.
Dougherty’s first stickwork, Maple Body Wrap, was a part of the North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition in 1982. Since, Dougherty has had his work shown internationally and has built over 250 sculptures.
The Renwick Gallery located in Washington D.C is currently showing his work as a part of the Exhibition, “Wonder.” Wonder opened in Nov. 2015 and Dougherty’s work will be taken down on July 10, 2016.
Outside of Galleries, Dougherty believes that the natural, primitive, state of his work is best shown in natural settings. Dougherty’s work can often be seen on outside landscapes, including his work at Hillsborough’s Riverwalk in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Dougherty has won multiple awards for his work, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Find more of his work at www.stickwork.net