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Still Life with Cherries by Andrew Denman
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"Four Cherries I Ate"
9 x 11" Oval, Acrylic on Board

Still Life with Cherries

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From the archive, I recently decided to part with this little painting from 2004, an especially good example of my long obsession with modernizing the Trompe l’Oeil Still Life, French for “fools the eye.” I was primarily interested in creating a sense of peaceful balance in this composition nodding to the Chinese Yin-Yang symbol, which describes opposite but interconnected forces. This is especially appropriate here, where I am literally contrasting whole cherries with their remains (the pits) and less obviously juxtaposing illusionistic realism with flat, decorative treatments. Those who follow my work will know that this tension is at the core of nearly all of my work over the last twenty years, and this painting represents an early iteration of that theme.

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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