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Screech Owl by Andrew Denman
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"Modern Camouflage #5"
12 x 16" Acrylic on Board
Screech Owl
This is the fifth offering in my �Modern Camouflage� series, a group of paintings exploring not simply my love of owls, but the art historical struggle between the treatment of the canvas in the Renaissance-inspired, �illusionistic� manner, as a space the viewer can imagine himself stepping into, or as a flat surface to be decorated. It may seem counterintuitive that the illusionistically painted Screech Owl�s talons seem to be curving around a perch even though they are �gripping� a two-dimensional sweep of background pattern, but this tension is precisely the point. The �Modern Camouflage� Series is about the contrast between patterns in nature and man-made patterns, so this very tension is an entirely integral expression of the piece�s conceptual underpinnings. Far from an attempt to really �hide� the subject in the painting, these pieces are a celebration of the mimetic nature of abstraction, the simple fact that all inorganic patterns have, at their core, organic roots. The placement of the owl in this very non-objective environment also underscores the problem of habitat loss, which has forced many animals and birds, including owls, to adapt to habitats either heavily altered by humans or entirely manmade.

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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