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Goldfinches by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Ornament #5: The Convocation"
20 x 16"
Acrylic & 23kt Gold Leaf on Cradled Board


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When I was in Jackson Hole, WY, for last year’s Fall Arts Festival, I observed a group of seven or eight goldfinches clustered together into an absurdly compact arrangement at the very top of a spruce tree right outside the condo where I was staying. I’m still not certain if I was observing a fight, a mating ritual, or some sort of feeding frenzy, but it was a memorable and mysterious sight. I imagined goldfinch representatives from far and wide coming together for some important meeting, and that became the basis for this, the most complex of my “Ornament” series so far.

The “Ornament” series combines birds with baubles leafed in precious metals. These baubles are not intended to objectively represent bird feeders, houses, or nests; rather, they function as whimsical, glittering perches for my favorite songbirds, emphasizing the very ornamental nature of the subjects themselves. My paintings have long focused on birds and animals disassociated from their natural habitats and presented, not as common animals, but as objects of reverence, as icons. The “Ornament” series represents the latest evolution of that style, with the gold leaf handily suggesting the spirituality of nature. In “The Convocation,” the elaborate gold object about which the birds flit and flutter almost takes on the quality of censer borrowed from a religious ceremony or sacred rite.

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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