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European Robin by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Ovation"
10 x 10"
Acrylic on Cradled Board, 2015
European Robin
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The European Robin and the American Robin are, aptly enough, worlds apart. They are not related taxonomically, and actually share little in common at all, save that they are both perching birds. Visitors to England who are familiar with our chunky, jay-sized American Robins, will hardly recognize the tiny, round, jewel-like thrush that is the European Robin. I fell in love with them during my first trip to England and have explored them as subjects several times already. “Ovation” is the latest such effort. The composition is based on “Ovum”, my pencil drawing of a robin which was recently exhibited at the Works on Paper Art Fair at the London Science Museum. The main difference here is the introduction of color and rich textural treatments that pencil simply does not allow. I wanted to present this gem of a creature in a symbolic context, framing him within the shape of the egg from whence he came and echoing that ovoid motif in the background texture. I have long been interested in disassociating animal subjects from their habitats, not because I don’t enjoy their natural context, but because I like to present wildlife as icons. The square format, glowing background, and calming abundance of negative space combine with the hyperreal treatment of the feathers to present the bird as an object of worship and adoration. It is not a robin, but the robin, a gilded archetype in the pages of an illuminated manuscript.

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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