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Icarus Drawing by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Icarus in Ovo"
15 x 16"
Graphite, Nero Pencil, & Colored Pencil on Watercolor Board
Icarus, Male Figure

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Iíve been fascinated with mythology, particularly Greek mythology, since my teenage years, and Iíve always found the Icarus story to be among the most potent and relatable of those stories. As an artist, my primary subject matter has long been birds, but Iíve explored figurative work now and again for years, and the Icarus myth inspired me as an opportunity to meld figure and feather in a context as full of graphic and visual possibilities as symbolic and emotional import.

The first in the series, ďIcarus in OvoĒ is a fanciful depiction of Icarus curled into a fetal position and housed within a non-literal representation of an egg, or perhaps the womb. Though he is a fully formed man and bears fully developed wings, his nudity and the physical position suggest the vulnerability and ignorance of youth. This is Icarus as we find him at the beginning of the classic narrative, helplessly imprisoned with his father in King Minosís dread tower. The umbilical cord morphs into a crack in the egg, foreshadowing the young manís tragic fate. It is worth noting that in this and subsequent pieces, I portray Icarusís wings as ďreal,Ē like the wings of an angel, rather than steam punk constructions of wood, wax, and feather, as in many representations. My own approach is a poetic, rather than a literal one.

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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