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6 x 6"
Acrylic & White Gold Leaf
on Cradled Board
This piece is available from Picture This! Framing & Gallery in Alberta Canada during their Masterpieces in Miniature Show, May 1-31, 2017. Contact the Gallery for further details or to make a purchase.
There is something magical about hummingbirds. I was so taken by the luminous violet of its crown that I tried for many hours each on several different occasions to photograph this Costa’s Hummingbird, knowing that it was a subject I simply had to paint. The hummingbird’s diminutive size, quick movements, and jewel-like colors can suggest a fragility that belies their tremendous strength. They are tough, adaptable, and fearless. It’s no wonder that historically hummingbirds have been a symbol not only of lightness of being, speed, and playfulness, but also of resiliency and independence. Curiously, the native American symbol for hummingbird, which becomes a perch for the actual bird in my painting, looks very much like an infinity symbol turned on its end. One wonders if the Native Americans knew that, when observed in slow motion, a hummingbird’s wingbeats actually create a figure eight. Surely, they would have been familiar with the bird’s ability to enter into a state of torpor in order to conserve energy. A hummingbird awakening from torpor looks very convincingly like a dead hummingbird coming back to life, so associating the bird with rebirth and the everlasting makes a great deal of sense. Whatever the explanation, I wanted to comment on the iconic significance of this gem-like bird, and the use of the symbol, particularly leafed in 18K white gold, seemed like an appropriate solution.
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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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