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Large Black Pig by Andrew Denman
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"Devon Diva"
14 x 18" Acrylic on Board

Large Black Sow

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“Devon Diva” was the direct result of a visit to Cotswold Farm Park. Adam Henson, of TV’s Countryfile, created this park to preserve, and educate the public about the need to preserve, many of the UK’s vanishing heritage livestock. I have done a lot of work to help conserve wild animals and habitat, and as a gardening aficionado have long been aware of the dangers of monoculture and the need to preserve heritage seed strains, but I’d never given the same amount of thought to livestock. Fortunately, Cotswold Farm Park was there to educate me. I spent many hours photographing the many old and unusual breeds they maintain at the park, but this Large Black Sow, also known as a Devon, stole the show. Her massive litter of adorable little piglets were wonderfully entertaining, but I loved watching the big sow move and was obsessed with conveying the sense of her ponderous mass in this painting.

“Devon Diva” is part of my pattern series, in which I reduce the subject to a silhouetted, stamp-like form, and repeat that shape to create a background pattern, pitting the animal against a mass-produced image of itself. In most cases, the effect is humorous, evoking the animal’s ubiquity, life cycle, or reproductive capacity. With the inescapable pop art references, one is reminded of Andy Warhol’s soup cans or Wayne Theibauld’s regimented displays of puddings. In all cases, this systematization of a natural shape highlights the significance of the animal in human life and culture. Certainly commercial food production is the story in this case.

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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