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Mockingbird by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "The Messenger"
12 x 12"
Acrylic on Cradled Board
Mocking Bird


This piece will be available from The Arizona-Sonora Desert Musuem's Ironwood Gallery during the Colors of Cabo Pulmo, running from January 20th through April 8th, 2018. Interested parties should contact the venue directly at (520) 883-3024. Visit the gallery online by clicking HERE

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When I left for Cabo Pulmo, I knew that my friend and fellow artist Ajay Brainard, who had been battling colon cancer for the past year, was entering into hospice care in Florida. Ajay and I had not known each other well, but we loved each other’s work and had corresponded many times, enough that when we did meet in person shortly before his diagnosis, it felt like a coming together of old friends. I had been so busy during my stay in Cabo that I had hardly even thought of Ajay, until a message from my partner back in California informed me that Ajay had passed away.

The very next morning, our group leader, Holly, brought me a fallen mockingbird, assuming I would want to observe it. I laid it reverently in the sand and proceeded to take photographs and make sketches, knowing full well that, were he here, Ajay would be doing the exact same thing right alongside me. Like myself, Ajay did not shy away from painting dead birds, viewing, and quite successfully portraying in his subtle and sensitive artwork, death as something poignant, beautiful, and necessary rather than upsetting or unfair. I knew I had found a kindred spirit the moment I first saw his work, and I took this fallen mockingbird as a sign, vowing to paint it as a fitting tribute to my departed artist friend. Not long after I returned home from Mexico, I spoke to Ajay’s childhood friend and caretaker during his final weeks of life. She informed me that the night Ajay died, a mockingbird had sung outside his window all night long. I get chills now even thinking of it. The experience would inspire not only this painting, “The Messenger,” but a poem by the same name.

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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