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White Tiger with Peacock by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "The Magic-Makers"
36 x 36"
Acrylic on Cradled Board, 2014
White Tiger with Indian Blue Peacock

Private Collection
“The Magic-Makers” was a commission for one of my top East Coast collectors. It was to be a fiftieth birthday/25th wedding anniversary gift for his wife and needed to honor their life together, and particularly their family. The commissioner told me his wife loved tigers, but most everything else was left to my imagination. My idea was to do a surrealistic piece that uses the creation of a painting as a metaphor for the creation of a family. The tiger transitions from pencil drawing to finished painting from tip of tail to head, and becomes tinted with the artist’s palette as it winds its way through the litter of overturned paint cans. The tigress symbolizes the mother, strong, proud, and protective. The peacock, representing her husband (who is an amateur magician and quite the showman in all things) displays astride her back, his tail morphing into a fan of paint chips. Each paint chip represents a member of their family, with the paint codes corresponding to their birthdays and the fanciful color names of personal significance to each one of them. There are a few extra paint chips which represent me and my family in an elaborate signature of sorts. All of this is set against the backdrop of a voluminous cloud. Soaked in the rays of the setting sun, it represents the wisdom acquired with age, while its stormy, water-laden presence bears the promise of fecundity. Through its multiple layers, the painting drives home how disparate elements, combined in the right way, under the right circumstances, and with immagination, can truly create magic.

Welcome to the online home for artwork by Andrew Denman, a California –based, internationally recognized, award-winning contemporary wildlife artist. Denman primarily paints wildlife and animal subjects in a unique, hallmark style combining hyper-realism with stylization and abstraction. His dynamic and original acrylic paintings can be found in museum collections on two continents and in numerous private collections in the USA and abroad. His clear voice, unique vision, and commitment to constant artistic experimentation have positioned him on the forefront of an artistic vanguard of the best contemporary wildlife and animal painters working today.
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