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Goldfinch by Andrew Denman
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"Goldfinch Study #2"
7.5 x 10"
Mixed Media on Watercolor Board


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UK Goldfinches are quite different than either of the American species, though they are just as beautiful. Historically, itís worth noting that it is, of course, a European Goldfinch featured in the famous 1654 painting by Carel Fabritius that inspired Donna Tarttís 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning book and subsequent 2019 film adaptation.

If you look closely at a lot of early Christian Art, you will also notice the presence of a goldfinch around the Christ Child. There is a fable that the Goldfinch tried to pluck the thorns from Jesusís head when he was on the cross, and that his blood stained their foreheads red, resulting in the plumage we see today. I am always fascinated by how we humans project symbolism and human narrative onto nature!

Welcome to the online home for artwork by Andrew Denman, a California Ėbased, 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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