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Vervet Monkey Female with Young by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Icon"
20 x 16"
Graphite & Nero Pencil on Watercolor Board
Vervet Monkey, Female with Young
£ 1,800

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I encountered this Vervet Monkey mother and infant in Diani on the South Swahili Coast in March of 2014 during my second visit to Kenya. I was struck by the sensitivity of her protective gesture and by the almost unnervingly anthropomorphic stare of her pink and naked-faced offspring. I have often times drawn or painted animal subjects in a context that deliberately makes reference to religious imagery. This is never intended to parody anyone’s faith, rather to imbue the subject with the iconic significance it deserves and to symbolize the awe and wonder I feel whenever I step into the wild, where the trees make the roof of the cathedral, light filtering through leaves is the stained glass, and the sacred earth is the alter of worship. In this world, the Vervet becomes the Madonna, and her fragile infant the savior of an imperiled natural world.

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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