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Carmine Bee-Eaters by Andrew Denman <Back to Thumbnails "The Upside"
33 ½ x 16"
Acrylic on Cradled Birch, 2011
Carmine Bee-Eaters

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On my way home from a friend’s wedding in Washington State, I stopped at the Portland Zoo and was delighted to discover several aviaries of African birds, including these stunning Carmine Bea-eaters. Every so often, nature presents one with so astounding a palette that the best thing the artist can do is to stand out of the way. With this in mind, I chose to portray the birds against a mostly white background. The silhouettes of the Bee-eaters are deliberately hard and streamlined (dare I say, “Brancusi-esque”), and the geometric background patterns play off of these shapes. All the other elements, however, stay decidedly in the background and uncharacteristically pastel. The point of the painting is the glory of these sharp lances of color, at once dainty and strident against a snowfield of barely suggestive space; anything else would be superfluous.

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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