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"The Ladies Man"
18 x 18"
Acrylic on Cradled Board2017
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This piece is part of my new “Pattern” series. By taking an animal and reducing it to a silhouetted, stamp-like form, and repeating that shape to create a background pattern, the animal subject is pitted against a mass-produced image of itself. In most cases, the effect is humorous, evoking the animal’s ubiquity, life cycle, or reproductive capacity. In all cases, this systematization of a natural shape highlights the significance of the animal in human life and culture.
The chicken and egg represent the story of fertility, but also their vital world-wide importance as a food product and case study for the modern phenomenon of mass production. The stocky, solid shape of this rooster, an animal that curiously captured all of my attention while I was visiting a big cat sanctuary (supposedly with the goal of photographing big cats), feels like a grand and solid representative for all Poultry-kind in this context. His name was Larry and he had been given to the sanctuary when a friend of theirs had suddenly moved out of the area. They did not have proper chicken accommodations, so when the staff noticed how taken I was with Larry, they offered for me to take him home. Unfortunately, I live in a very small house with a zero-property line and a concrete patio (no place for a chicken to roam) so I had to decline. Sadly, just a few weeks later, Larry was killed by a wild bobcat. This is the second painting of what will likely be many Larry paintings, and a fitting homage to this splendid bird!
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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