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Cardinal Pattern by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "The Boys' Club"
40 x 30"
Acrylic on Cradled Board
Cardinals

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“The Boys’ Club” started as a smaller scale study which was exhibited in the 2023 Western Visions Exhibition at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. I really enjoyed that small piece but felt that the colorful and graphic nature of the composition would be even more impactful on a large scale. The overall size was roughly determined by keeping the birds as close to life-sized as possible.

“The Boys’ Club” represents something of a marriage of my Pattern & String Theory Series. My Pattern work focuses on animals that are so common as to become overlooked. Recontextualizing these subjects in a repetitive, pop-art inspired context, forces viewers to reconsider the familiar. My String Theory series explores birds perching on abstract lines and bars of color. Though not objectively descriptive of anything as prosaic as telephone wires or branches, these lines become new environments simply by juxtaposing them with recognizable subjects. This contrast and the resulting tension between flat areas of color and representational realism is my primary interest, both in this painting and in my art in general.

Along that vein, it should be noted that my intention here is not to create a “realistic” image. Though three of the cardinals are painted “true to life,” they act less as focal points than they do as launching pads for an exploration of vivid color relationships and entirely abstract patternmaking. The bold colors are more suggestive of male cardinals than females, and one would not likely see a flock of all male birds in the wild, but since the piece is meant to be more whimsical than objectively descriptive, it’s hardly an issue. The heavy use of abstraction takes the piece so far out of a realistic context that there is no need for the viewer to suspend her disbelief; we are already in a realm wholly visual and experimental, which, in my opinion, is a far more interesting place to be.


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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