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Wild Turkey by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Mr. Tom-Tom Remains Unimpressed"
17 x 15 ½"
Acrylic on Board, 2008
Wild Turkey

"Mr. Tom-Tom..." started with a field trip to the San Francisco Zoo where I spent a good deal of time observing a very haughty male turkey in full breeding plumage. Every tilt of his head, puff of his breast, and strut of his intimidating frame seemed laced with a mixture of annoyance and disdain. Surely this proud bird could not be convinced that any creature was more stunning than he, including the nearby peacocks, resplendent in their breeding season attire as well. The conceptual challenge in this piece was to paint the bird in a manner that conveyed his iconic presence with one part reverence and two parts humor. The wide, high contrast border, slightly off-square format, and dramatic lighting answer to the former concern, while the cocky pose and inclusion of the impudent title answer to the latter. My hope is that the viewer feels, upon encountering this painting, the same way I felt encountering the turkey: impressed, amused, and thoroughly scrutinized.

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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