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Brown Pelican by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "Parabola"
16 x 13"
Graphite, Nero Pencil, & 23.5K Gold Leaf on Canson Illustration Board
Diving Pelican

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All of my work begins with a study, or more often a series of studies. Often these preliminaries are just that, preliminaries. Other times, they develop quite nicely into artworks in their own right; such was the case with “Parabola.” I was working on several ideas for a large painting of diving pelicans to serve as a highlight among the pieces I was doing for the Cabo Pulmo show coming up at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. I had taken an absurd number of photographs of pelicans dipping and diving among the waves while on a field trip to Cabo’s National Marine Park, and I was suffering from option paralysis; too many ideas to filter out the bad ones. So rather than obsessing over coming up with the composition, I decided to do some more refined pencil drawings in preparation. “Parabola” is the most finished among them. As it developed, the abstract background, with the bold parabola prescribing the graceful arc and downward momentum of the pelican’s flight path, became increasingly dominant, and eventually I hit upon the idea of incorporating the gold leaf. The use of the precious metal creates an interesting tension, both anchoring the shape with its solidity and imparting to it a buoyancy and lightness with its reflectivity. Such contrast is certainly appropriate for describing a pelican’s dive, which begins with the lilt of a hovering kite and ends with a shocking, lance-like plummet.

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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