Peter Fillerup’s Wild West Designs offers one of a kind art designs embodied in bronze cast sculptures, lighting and hardware. With over 30 years of training as a sculptor and 20 years experience in lighting design, Fillerup brings his talents to the table to create beautiful and functional lighting to fit your taste and unique style. From chandeliers featuring stunning stained glass panels and domes, to fireplace screens, sconces, lanterns and coordinating door and cabinet hardware, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Peter McNiven Fillerup grew up in Cody, Wyoming, spending summers on the family ranch located half-way between Cody and Yellowstone Park. Here, Fillerup’s imagination was free to roam and explore, encouraged by his painter father, Mel Fillerup. Provided with horses, a fridge full of food and sketchbooks, Fillerup and his six siblings, often drew pictures of their rambling adventures. Fillerup recalls his father presenting him with a brick of sculpting clay he’d picked up in his travels. For the young boy it was the beginning of a life long passion.
Growing up in the heart of the west, Fillerup’s interest in the rough and tumble life on the frontier is evident in the subjects he chooses to portray. A love of history and heritage are also common themes in his work. Fillerup studied at Brigham Young University on an Art Scholarship and later apprenticed with Dr. Avard Fairbanks, one of America’s foremost sculptors. While working for Fairbanks, Fillerup assisted in sculpting two heroic size sculptures, and traveled to Cararra, Italy where he studied marble carving and the process of enlarging.
During Fillerup’s three decade career, he has been the recipient of numerous art awards including several gold medals from the American Indian and Cowboy Artist Show; Best of Show from the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming and People’s Choice Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show in Cody, Wyoming. Fillerup’s sculptures grace many private as well as public collections across the country and include more recently, “Fanning a Twister-Steamboat” for the University of Wyoming, Laramie, the “Olympic Snowflake” for the 2002 Olympics in Soldier Hollow, Utah, “Two Eskimo Boys” in Nome, Alaska, the “Park City Skier,” Park City, Utah and “Bill Cody- Hard and Fast All the Way” in Cody, Wyoming.
Nearly twenty years ago friend and fellow artisan, Jimmy Covert approached Fillerup to lend a hand sculpting bronze inserts for a desk he was making. What began as an artistic diversion soon blossomed into a full time business that nearly eclipsed the traditional sculptures Fillerup was known for. Fillerup hired a crew and broadened his expertise making bronze light fixtures, furniture, sconces and hardware. Fillerup became immersed in designing architectural elements for unique homes and had the opportunity to work with R.M. Stern in New York and other premier architects across the nation. In the years that followed, Fillerup’s chandeliers and stained glass work have been featured in several prominent magazines.