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Hoopoe by Andrew Denman
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9 x 12" Acrylic on Cradled Board, 2014

This piece will be available for purchase by fixed price silent bid from now through September 21st of 2014 in The Western Visions Wild 100 Show & Sale, the National Museum of Wildlife Art's biggest fundraiser of the year. For more information on this event, visit the NMWA website by clicking the How to Buy link below. More information will be forthcoming closer to the event.

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Of all the birds I’ve seen in Kenya, the hoopoe probably inspired the biggest burst of excitement upon first sighting. These beautiful, charismatic birds are not uncommon on the African continent, but their rare, scattered migratory appearances in Europe make them a creature of mystery and delight amongst birding circles. My first encounters with hoopoes in East Africa were brief and fleeting, but I finally had a dose of luck, as these things often happen, in an unexpected place. I spotted one foraging about in the dried grasses immediately off the veranda of the main house at Soysambu Conservancy where I was staying. I learned very quickly in Kenya that I should never be without my camera more than an arm’s length away, even during meals, and that morning’s breakfast proved no exception. This particular hoopoe was very engaged in his task, so I was able to get much closer than I’d anticipated to acquire reference material, and I had the additional privilege of watching him for more than ten minutes before he finally fluttered away. In “Hoopoe!” (the exclamation mark owing to my joy at the encounter) I wanted to explore not only the bird’s beautiful, lyrical shapes and unique, rufus pink coloration, but to allow the background grasses to merge into organic abstractions that underscore the elegant contours of the subject and suggest its quick, furtive movements.

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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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