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Bluebird Totem by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Totem #7: Stacked Bluebirds"
Acrylic on Cradled Board

This piece is availbale from the National Musuem of Wildlife Art during their annual Western Visions exhibition, Sept 8- October 7, 2018. Work will be sold by fixed price draw on the evneing of September 14th. Please contact the Western Visions Coordinator, Amy Goicoechea,at the musuem for further information on how to make a purchase: (307) 732-5424. .
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This is the seventh entry in my ongoing “Totem” series. Modern reinterpretations of the Native American Totem Poles of the Pacific Northwest, these pieces offer unexpected arrangements of common animals and birds. Native Americans traditionally used animals as potent symbols for their own human talents, frailties, fears, and desires, and despite the distance we have placed between ourselves and the natural world today, animals still play just as significant a role in our daily lives, from logos to add campaigns. These pieces ask the viewer to explore what wildlife means in today’s world, to consider the fragile balance we strike in our own lives between man and beast, and to ponder the plight of a natural world teetering on collapse.

“Totem #7” focuses on bluebirds, a delightful seasonal visitor to my neighborhood in Northern California. In this jumbled, tension-filled arrangement, the bluebirds become almost abstracted into rhythmic, musical slashes of blue against a vibrant complimentary background.

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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