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Wren by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Modern Camouflage #7"
8 x 8"
Acrylic on Board


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I began pursuing a series of paintings a few years ago called “Modern Camouflage” which featured very realistically painted owls emerging from highly stylized, heavily patterned, wallpaper-like backgrounds. These pieces were meant to comment not only on the displacement of wildlife from natural to un-natural habitats, but more pointedly on the conflict between illusionistic and flat art in the latter half of the nineteenth century until the advent of post-modernism (and perhaps continuing through present day). The juxtaposition of realistic and decorative techniques and the stark contrast between organic and inorganic patterns, with only the subtlest transition between the two, created a wonderful tension.

“Modern Camouflage #7” focuses on the common, though illusive, wren. The wren, which I’ve often observed amidst garden shrubbery, is maddeningly difficult to photograph. Like many small birds, it is most comfortable half (or entirely) hidden in dense foliage, making it a perfect candidate for this series. In this tiny painting, I present the bird artfully lost in a tangle, not of branches, but of a complex damask pattern that both contrasts and compliments the bird’s barred and spotted plumage.

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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