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Reclining Male Nude by Andrew Denman
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"Reclining Figure Study"
10 x 15" Mixed Media on Watercolor Board

Male Nude

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Early in 2024, Gallery by the Lakes in England, which represents both my partner, Guy Combes, and I, asked us to be part of a show called “Connected.” The exhibition would focus on the connections artists make with one another, with a special focus on artist couples. Though we were assured there was no theme required for the work, we thought it would be interesting if we both painted the same subject. Though we primarily paint wildlife, we’d both been wanting to explore figurative work. Our particularly elegant and handsome friend, Rory, said he’d be happy to pose for us, and so the project began.

We went on a hike to a clothing optional canyon on the far East side of Tucson, Arizona, and photographed Rory in gorgeous sunlight in a variety of scenic locations. I was particularly taken by this supine pose, the lines of the spine, and the prominent cast shadows. Though I began the piece in watercolor and acrylic, I eventually found it necessary to employ a final application of oil paint in order to achieve the softness of light and shadow and the subtleties of skin tone that were so important to the piece. Appropriately, the show opened in England on Valentines Day, and I hope our very different but both equally sensitive renderings of Rory played off of each other well.

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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