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Javelina Study by Andrew Denman
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"Javelina Study"
17 x 27" Graphite on Watercolor Board, 2014
Javelina or Collared Peccaries

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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I have always been especially fond of pigs, and the Collared Peccary, or Javelina, while not a true pig, still embodies the same qualities I find attractive in pigs, the interesting body shape, the bright, intelligent eyes, and inquisitive piggy noses. Of course, their heavily furred bodies, razor backs, and interesting color patterns give them an especially exotic appeal. Despite a longtime interest in these animals, inspired by books and nature documentaries, I’d never actually seen one in person until several years ago at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ. As part of a group of visiting artists planning an exhibition there, I was given some special treatment, which included a visit to the very large Peccary enclosure with several of the keepers who sprayed wisps of perfume to excite the animals and inspire them to “scent,” a behavior in which the animals roll about to coat themselves in an unfamiliar odor. Despite seeing the Javelina in a far more active state than I otherwise might, I was disappointed to find that my photographs of the encounter were woefully inadequate for the painting I’d planned. To make sense of my references, I would need to do more than the typical pre-study; I would have to undertake an elaborate drawing, and this “Javelina Study” was born. The actual painting (as yet unfinished) is likely to feature only one of these animals, but the drawing felt to me less like pre-work, and more like a finished piece of art in its own right.

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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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