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European Robin by Andrew Denman
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"Round Robin"
6 x 15" Acrylic on Board

European Robin

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I have already painted the stunning European Robin several times before, but it is a subject I know I will return too again and again. Color, form, and habit, are all compelling, and each experience I have with these wonderful birds suggests something entirely new. I observed this handsome fellow early one chilly morning at Sculpture by the Lakes. He was puffed up to such an absurdly spherical shape that the old phrase “Round Robin” immediately entered my head. Referencing the great illustrator Charlie Harper, who was known for reducing birds to the simplest and most elegant of geometries, I decided to pair the robin with a series of circles, only suggesting, but not describing, its coloration and form. The polka-dots further this juxtaposition of objective and non-objective, organic, and geometric.

One of the biggest technical challenges of this piece was my determination to have the bird standing on the bottom of the picture plane, as though the lower edge of the painting is, in fact, its perch. The deliberate reductivism of form also required a very cleanly edited composition. As such, what to leave out became far more important than what to leave in. There were several crucial junctures where I was concerned that this piece was not working, but everything clicked together in the end to create something playful and modern just as I had intended.

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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