Born in a green International pickup on Route 66, Peregrine O’Gormley began life on the move. He grew up on forty acres in the mountains of central New Mexico, where his namesake, the Peregrine falcon, tied him to the beauty and vitality of the natural world. In addition to careful observation and reverence for nature, his father instilled in him sincere concern for its well-being.
He earned a degree in biology from Colorado College. In 2006, after considerable international travel, he moved to La Conner, Washington. There he built a home overlooking Puget Sound, where he lives with his three children.
O’Gormley works from his home studio, carving his original work from wood and stone. Careful to avoid the use of living trees, he works with dead down and salvaged material.
Fine Art Connoisseur magazine selected O’Gormley for its “Up and Coming Artists: Three to Watch” feature in 2017. Elected a National Sculpture Society (NSS) fellow in 2022, he has won multiple NSS awards including the Margaret Hexter Prize in 2022, the Pat Munson Prize for Avian Sculpture in both 2015 and 2017 and the Green-Wood Cemetery Award in 2016. In 2019, he was honored with the Southwest Art Award at the Coors Western Art Exhibition in Denver, Colorado.
O’Gormley was recently featured in American Art Collector magazine for his solo exhibition at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, and he was honored to show with the Woolaroc Museum retrospective and sale in 2021.