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European Robins by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "A Round of Robins"
16.75 x 15"
Acrylic on Board

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“A Round of Robins” is a recent addition to my “Pattern” series, and very much an outgrowth of the “Hedgerow” paintings. Earlier in this series, I pitted animal subjects against stamp-like, mass produced images of themselves. In this piece, however, rather than being presented in front of a patterned background, the robins (like the hedgehogs in “Hedgerow” and “Hedgerow #2”) are melded into the background pattern itself. The “Pattern” series explores the notion of commodification of wildlife, reproductive capacity, and the ubiquity of urban wildlife. It is in this last sense that “A Round of Robins” relates. The removal of the animal subject from its natural habitat and its recontextualizing in a stark, white space, underscores the ability of the Robin to adapt to foreign and man-made environments, like many so-called “garden birds.” The serial nature of the Robin “stamps” and the use of non-objective color further serve to pull the animal out of context, and to simultaneously emphasize and defy, its beguiling commonness. Even within this sea of colors, the two representationally “realistic” birds almost become lost. The entry of one such bird from the left side of the painting and the exit of the other half of its body to the right lends the image a suggestion of constant, repetitive motion like an old-fashioned zoetrope.

Robins are a common visitor to gardens throughout the UK. Like many ubiquitous animals, this familiarity sometimes works against them to the extent that they are overlooked and taken for granted. Sometimes we can only truly see the familiar when it is made unfamiliar.

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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