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Raven in Flight by Andrew Denman
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24 x 36" Acrylic on Board

Raven in Flight

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I recently had the good fortunate to be able to organize a photoshoot at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum with a particularly cooperative and photogenic raven. I was able to get the exact photos I needed for the project I was working on with little difficulty, but also managed to get some unanticipated in-flight reference. Taking good photos of birds in flight is challenging even under semi-controlled circumstances, so I felt lucky to get several usable shots. I was very taken with the strong sense of movement and energy as the raven took off from the ground or a perch, so I set about trying to capture that in a painting. “Aloft” is the result.

While much of the painting is negative space and the background is entirely abstract, one should not assume that this kind of simplicity is easy. Often times the fewer elements one has to work with, the more difficult achieving a solid composition can be. An abstract painter I once met said that sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to make something look like it “just happened.” In other words, the loose, gestural background, spontaneous splatters of paint, and areas of subtle value and color contrast, were all carefully considered, controlled where possible, and used strategically where the unpredictability of the paint was the primary challenge. The result is a very exuberant, explosive image that is, for all its beguiling simplicity, more complex than meets the eye.

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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