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Coyote Pattern by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Night Moves"
48 x 48"
Acrylic on Cradled Board


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This piece is one of a very few large pieces I have done in my “Pattern Series,” and represents the culmination of that body of work. By housing common animals in this Pop-Art-Inspired context, I hope to recontextualize them, drawing attention to, in fact championing, those animals that we see so often as to overlook. Coyotes have become an integral part of the suburban and even urban landscape, and we certainly encounter them on a regular basis here in the Sonoran Desert in and around Tucson, AZ. The background color, a rich, midnight blue buzzing with texture, is meant to suggest the soft, fuzzy-edged nightscape in which we often experience these largely crepuscular hunters. The contrasting oranges and other warm colors not only create visual contrast, but suggest the audacious nature of these clever and highly adaptable animals.

In addition to the riotously colorful silhouettes housing abstract patterns, I have also made some nods to the natural history of the coyote. One of the repeated patterns is a collection of the lizards, quail, rabbits, and ground squirrels that make up much of the coyote’s diet. I’ve also suggested their environment, both with the repeated prickly pear cactus image and with two landscapes capturing the Sonoran Desert. Using these silhouettes as a window into a landscape is a newer iteration of the pattern format, and I am enjoying how it helps contextualize the animals (without disrupting the recontextualization the overall image represents). One landscape is done in a fairly representational style, showing the last light of day hitting the Catalina Mountains with the distinctive silhouettes of saguaros in the foreground. The other landscape is highly stylized, and meant to capture something of a 1970’s travel brochure interpretation of our unique environment.

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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