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Silkie Chicken by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "The Conqueror"
26 x 14"
Acrylic on Cradled Birch
Buff Silkie Bantam Cock

On a trip to Bear World, a drive through animal park in Idaho a few years back, I took thousands of photographs of black bears and grizzlies, not a one of which has ever inspired a painting. But it wasn’t a wasted trip, thanks to Bear World’s Petting Zoo, which has now yielded two paintings of chickens, the first being “Mr. Chattersly’s Declaration” from 2008, the second being this one. I absolutely fell in love with this Buff Silkie Bantam Cock, who despite his diminutive size and mid-molt rumpled appearance, strutted about the yard crowing his little head off with the confidence of a feathered General Custer ready to take on the entire Sioux Nation. I chose to showcase him in as stark and non-objective an environment as possible , using hard lines, squares, the suggestion of a chain link fence, and plenty of stark white to suggest his confinement. Yet he fixes his beady eyes past the upsweeping abstract line, which is intended to suggest an unscalabel wall, with the defiance of an indominable spirit.

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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