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Harris Hawk by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Horus"
16 x 13"
Graphite, Nero Pencil, & 23.5K Gold Leaf on Crescent Watercolor Board
Harris Hawk

This piece will be available from The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Ironwood Gallery during the Desert Senses Exhibition, running from December 10th, 2022 through March 5th, 2023. Exclusive Preview & Artist's Reception, Friday, December 9th, 4-6PM. Interested parties should contact the venue directly at (520) 883-3024. Visit the gallery online by clicking HERE

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There are few animals more symbolically potent than birds of prey, evoking power, freedom, and nobility. The Egyptian God, Horus, is one of only many hawk-headed gods in the Egyptian Pantheon; he served many functions, but was most notably associated with the sky, war, and the hunt. Technically, he was most likely based on a Peregrine or Saker falcon, but this Harris Hawk stands in nicely in my contemporary exploration of the hawk as icon. I encountered this particular bird at the International Center for Birds of Prey in Newant, England, where he and another Harris Hawk put on an elegant and impressive aerial display, making it quite clear why these birds are one of the most popular among falconers. In “Horus” have positioned him at the apex of gold-capped pyramid as a nod to the initial inspiration I took from the Egyptian myths. Additionally, the pyramid is symbolic of enlightenment, as is the color yellow; gold in particular suggests the realm of the spiritually divine. The triangle is also an aggressive shape, defined by three acute angles. These shapes make for an interesting visual rhyme with the talons of the bird, it’s predatory beak, and the sharp angles of its folded wings. As we ascend up the lines of the pyramid, we approach not only the elegant weaponry of this skilled hunter, but the enlightenment and freedom of impending flight.

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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