Ott Jones, a professional sculptor for 35 years, has created a diverse collection of wildlife and sporting bronzes. His pieces are known for their strong compositions, diverse textures and subtly colored patinas.
Widely collected, Ott is in prominent private and corporate collections around the world. He was honored in having Queen Elizabeth acquire his sculpture, Birth of the Labrador, and was included in the UK’s Kennel Club Art Gallery exhibition. He has participated in hundreds of shows including Allied Artists of America, National Sculpture Society, SEWE, and Society of Animal Artists. His work has been included in several museum exhibitions including Brinton Museum, C. M. Russell Museum, High Country Desert Museum and National Museum of Wildlife Art.
Over his career, Ott has placed dozens of life-size and monumental sculptures. Perhaps two of his most notable pieces are a life-size fly fisherman and Labrador retriever at Bozeman/Yellowstone International Airport and mountain man monument of Jim Bridger, at Bozeman’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2020, he was honored in winning the Gilbert and Marion Roller Sculpture Award at the Allied Artists of America in New York City for his blue heron monument, Queen of the Waterway.
Growing up in Spokane, Washington, Ott’s interest in art, wildlife and outdoor adventure was kindled as a young boy. “As far back as I can remember dad and I were bird hunting and fishing together. We still hunt and fish every opportunity we have. Because of these great experiences, I developed a deep appreciation and fascination for wildlife and a passion for the outdoors. At an early age, I began drawing and sculpting the animals and birds I observed.”
Attending Washington State University on a tennis scholarship, he graduated with a degree in education. After college Ott worked as a fishing guide on the Alaskan Peninsula for three summers and a welder’s helper in Prudhoe Bay for a year. It was during his time spent in Alaska that he realized he wanted to become a professional sculptor.
Ott, his wife Joan of 34 years, and their four children live in Bozeman, Montana. "I am fortunate in having a career as a wildlife sculptor and being able to support my family while living in Montana. "It’s a wonderful place to call home and provides such great outdoor opportunities and inspiration for my work.”