William J. Koelpin, Sr. (1938-1996) Pheasant and Bobcat, 1992 signed and dated "Wm. J. Koelpin '92" on side of base bronze, 8 by 10 by 24 in. inscribed "10/ 24" on side of base edition 10 of 24
William Koelpin was an avid hunter and fisherman from Wisconsin. He went on to become a celebrated sporting artist who excelled in a number of mediums, including bronze, paint, and wood. Throughout his career Koelpin displayed his passion for the outdoors through his accurate and detailed works. His first sold-out exhibit was at the Midwest Decoy Collectors Annual Show in the mid-1970s.
Koelpin enjoyed many honors in his time, including the "Best in World" Award from the Ward Museum in Salisbury, Maryland. He was also named "One of America's Premier Artists" by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.
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