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Peregrine Falcon by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Confetti"
28 x 12"
Acrylic on Cradled Birch
Peregrine Falcon

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This is my second painting of “Peatie,” a peregrine falcon who resides at a Wyoming raptor center. I encountered him in 2008 during the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, watching with some amusement as an ambitious artist tried to sculpt him from life in the strictly one hour duration of the “Quick Draw.” Of course I took the opportunity to study him myself, and “Confetti” is the latest result. My interest here was his glorious feather patterns. The markings on the bird’s chest transition into triangles in the lower portion of the page, then reappear in the upper portion as pure geometric abstraction. These patterns gradually degrade and lose their regularity as we move closer the animal subject. Though I’m no stranger to using elements of an animal to inspire abstractions, this piece differs from previous efforts in that the subject is actually interacting with those abstractions. The falcon’s upward gaze is clearly fixed on the dissolving “Escher-esque” rain of triangles, which seems to turn from flat shapes into “real” confetti, existing in a three dimensional, albeit non-objective space. Note that one little triangle actually crosses in front of the bird himself. As such, what could have been a very linear piece becomes a circular one, the primary transition being from objective, to non-objective, and back to objective again.

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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