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Pinnacle by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Pinnacle"
24 x 6"
Acrylic on Cradled Board

Pinnacle, detail by Andrew Denman
I love the challenge of an unusually shaped composition, and this one certainly fits the bill. “Pinnacle” began well over a year ago; I had to put it aside while painting the first of my “Totem” series for my Summer 2017 Exhibition, A Different Animal, at Astoria Fine Art, but the composition really helped lead to that series, rather than the other way around. I’ve long been preoccupied with presenting animal subjects in an iconographic context, and “Pinnacle” certainly does that. The spindly, abstracted pedestal on which the hummingbird perches begins with heroic proportions in the lower part of the painting and rises to a tiny and delicate apex with the bird itself. It perches, jewel-like, a precious stone in a high setting. The use of the gold leaf further imbues the diminutive subject matter with new significance. The intention here is not to bludgeon the viewer with any particular conservation message, but simply to force one to stop and reconsider an animal that would be so easy to pass by unnoticed and to give it the attention it deserves.

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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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