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Osprey by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "The Landing"
24 x 24" 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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In July of 2013, I took advantage of a longstanding invitation to visit fellow artist Julie Chapman and her husband, Paul Stafford, in their home in Huson, Montana. Huson, I soon discovered, is not a town, but rather a postal code some twenty miles West of Missoula, Montana, and very much in the midst of wild nature. They live nestled in a beautiful forest where deer, squirrels, and bluebirds abound, and where there are certainly a fair share of bears and mountain lions, however unseen they may have remained during my visit. I was, however, delighted to discover that there was a pair of Osprey with chicks nesting on a platform at the bottom of Julie’s street, and I jumped at her suggestion to stake them out with our camera equipment and gather reference material. Standing in the hot sun, it seemed to take an eternity for the male to fly off and return with a fish or two for his hungry brood, but we stuck it out until we’d captured the act on film several times. My primary interest, however, was watching him come in to land on an old dead tree, watching his impressive talons reach out to grab hold of his intended perch. In “The Landing” my focus is this moment of action. The forest of dead branches becomes a jumble of geometric abstractions that serve to emphasize his motion and provide an inorganic counterpoint to his powerful, but lyrical curvilinear shapes. His pose is repeated in heroic scale in the background in an insubstantial, dot matrix contour to underscore the bird’s strong successive wing beats as he makes his landing. Despite the particulars of the scene I witnessed, I was not interested in depicting an osprey flying against a bright blue sky to land on an old branch; as in much of my work, I favored a more reductive approach here, one in which I only described the elements I deemed most important and left the rest largely to the imagination.

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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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