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European Robin Drawing by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Ovum"
11 x 11"
Graphite, Nero Pencil, & Colored Pencil on Watercolor Board, 2014
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 was very excited to pursue one as an artistic subject for a second time in “Ovum.” Intended as a study for a painting (which will also be available from Sculpture by the Lakes in the not-too-distant future) 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 encapsulates the bird in a hieroglyph that is both restful and intriguing. Presenting him in black and white except for his beautiful pumpkin-orange face and chest further reduces the robin to its barest essentials. He appears, not just as a bird, but as a gilded icon 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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