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"Presence & Absence:
Elk on the Refuge"
Triptych: 3- 12 x 24" Panels
Total Size: 36 x 24"
Acrylic on Cradled Board, 2015
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In the winter of 2009 I had the distinct honor of being named the Lanford Monroe Memorial Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. I had visited Jackson Hole, WY, many times before, but I’d never been there in the winter, and it was a vastly different experience from my previous visits in the summer and fall. On my first morning, it was 28 degrees below zero, but so dry that I found myself perfectly comfortable with winter gear considerably lighter than what I’d brought with me. My long underwear, for instance, wasn’t used even once, not even on hikes through the snow along the banks of the Gros Ventre River or a sleigh ride into the middle of the National Elk Refuge. The landscape, cloaked in postcard perfect powdery snow, was almost surreally picturesque, but the most shocking change was to the elk refuge itself. In the summer and fall it is a barren expanse as broad as an African Savannah and as bleak as a desert, but every winter, great herds of elk wander down from the mountains and converge on its frozen meadows to eat the grass preserved beneath the snow. Without objectively describing exactly how the elk refuge looks in winter, I wanted to subjectively capture how it feels, and to foreshadow a few months hence when these glorious animals will be only a memory. I’ve become increasingly interested in recent years in sequential imagery, and the division of the composition into a triptych seemed ideally suited to expressing the narrative of these peripatetic beasts.
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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