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11 x 11"
Acrylic on Cradled Board, 2012
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When I was a child and into my early teens, my mother used to take me with her to antique doll and teddy bear shows. I had no interest in dolls, but while my mother busied herself with bisque babies and Ginny Dolls, I discovered Steiff animals. Steiff has been Germany’s (and perhaps the world’s) highest quality manufacturer of teddy bears and stuffed animals since 1880, but fewer people are aware of their line of woolen miniatures, produced from the 20’s into the early 80’s. It was the tiny (no more than two inches high and often smaller) woolen miniature birds that caught my attention. In the eighties when I was collecting, they were quite affordable, so they made the perfect collectible for a young boy excited about birds. What excited me even more was to discover, years after I began collecting, that the vibrant color patterns of these little gems, which to me seemed like abstract inventions, were in fact patterned-quite realistically- after European songbirds with which I was simply unfamiliar.
The blue tit is one of those birds. When I finally observed them in the wild in England, first in my partner Guy’s mother’s garden, then again at Sculpture by the Lakes, their beautiful combination of citron yellow, cerulean and indigo blue, black, and white immediately returned me to my childhood when I’d delightedly purchased a replica not much bigger than the real thing. Currently in storage, I think fondly of this collection of metal-legged, felt-beaked pom-poms of vibrantly died and artfully sculpted wool, displayed proudly for many years in a glass case in my bedroom. As much for this sentimental context as for the simply joyful beauty of the bird itself, I am confident that the blue tit is a subject I will return to again and again.
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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