Wildlife, landscape, & still life paintings in acrylic on maso
For Andrew Denman, age thirty-three, painting wildlife is a natural inclination. While the artist has explored subjects ranging from landscape, to still life, and even figure painting over the course of his career, in recent years his paintings focus on wildlife, especially birds, painted in a unique and dynamic style that blends hyper-realism with stylization and abstraction. While Denman does not eschew the term "wildlife artist", his work has pushed well beyond the limitations typically associated with wildlife art to become an expression as contemporary in its style as it is classical in its approach.
Denman holds a BA in Fine Arts from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA. He is well known in the Bay Area as both an artist and teacher, and he has gained national attention through his involvement with Pacific Wildlife Galleries in Lafayette, CA, the Society of Animal Artists, NY, and feature coverage in such publications as Southwest Art, American Artist, Wildlife Art, and The Artist's Magazine, among others.
Born in 1978, the Bay Area native showed a great degree of interest in art from an early age. Denman organized his first one man show in high school at a local library, and soon after began participating in exhibitions with Pacific Wildlife Galleries. Since then, Denman has held three highly successful one-man shows at Pacific Wildlife. Locally, he has also participated in exhibits at the Bedford and Hearst Galleries, and the Oakland Museum. His work has toured nationally with Birds in Art, the International Guild of Realism, and the Society of Animal Artists, which has honored Andrew's work with Awards of Excellence on three separate occassions. Denman's work can be found in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wisconsin, and numerous private collections across the country. He is currently represented by the venerable Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole, Wy.
Whether painting an animal in its natural habitat or juxtaposing it against an abstract background, Denman goes to great lengths to faithfully portray his subjects, taking frequent field trips to nature areas, parks, and zoos to observe his subjects and acquire reference material. Yet while accuracy is always of great importance, Denman is an artist before he is a naturalist. The sense of fearless experimentation and originality he brings to his paintings testifies to the artist's true focus. As Mary Nelson writes in the Nov/Dec 2004 issue of Wildlife Art magazine, "In the end, it's not the mood, the meaning, or the method that Denman craves. It is the medium-art."
Support for Conservation:
Andrew Denman and his then gallery representative, Dennis Salvo, of Pacific Wildife Galleries in Lafayette, CA, donated a small portion of the proceeds from "West Coast Wildlife" to Native Bird Connections (NBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to caring for non-releasable native birds, educating the public about the plight of these animals, and training professionals to manage them effectively and compassionately. NBC has a variety of programs for adults and children and works with many Bay Area Schools to further its goals. For more information on NBC, visit www.nativebirds.org.
- Oakland Museum of California, Oakland CA
2005- "The Art of Seeing: Nature Revealed Through Illustration": An ensemble exhibition featuring interpretations of local flora and fauna by bay area wildlife artists and botanical and biologcal illustrators.
2003- "The Art of Seeing: Nature Revealed Through Illustration": Ensemble exhibiton.
- Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center For the Arts, Walnut Creek CA
2003- Shikishi: Gifts of Art for the New Year": Ensemble exhibition of local artists working in the Japanese tradition of Shikishi.
1999 - "The Natural World Observed II": Juried show of the world's leading wildlife artists. Organized in conjunction with Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek CA.
1998 - "The Natural World Observed": Ensemble Show.
- Tamsen Munger Gallery, Fresno CA
2001- "Wildcat Art 2001": Jurried exhibition.
- The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
2005- "American Birds: A Flight Through Time": Ensemble exhibition.
- Society of Animal Artists
2009- Society of Animal Artists 49th Annual Show, "Art and the Animal," Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina, KS. Andrew wins third Award of Excellence for "Twist."
2007- Society of Animal Artists 47th Annual Show, "Art and the Animal," The Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker, CO.
2006- Don Eckleberry Scholarship Award Recipient: Denman wins a ten day trip to the Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad to study tropical bird life.
2004- Society of Animal Artists 44th Annual Show, "Art and the Animal," Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell NJ. Won Award of Excellence for a second consecutive year for "Marina," which was also included in the National Tour.
2003 - Society of Animal Artists 43rd Annual Show, "Art and the Animal," Hiram Blauvelt. Won The Award of Excellence for "Network." Painting included in the National Tour.
- Pacific Wildlife Galleries, Lafayette CA
2008- "Recent Paintings" Solo Exhibition of new works by Andrew Denman. Denman's first printed catalogue was released at this event.
2006- "West Coast Wildlife" (locally advertised as "Wildlife of the Lafayette Reservoir"): Featured artist.
2005- "Wildlife in Miniature": Artwork included in ensemble exhibition.
2005- One-Man Exhibition: Denman's third one-man show, featuring nearly fifty original paintings and sculpture.
2003- One-Man Exhibition: Second one-man show, including nearly forty original paintings and sculpture.
2003- "Wildlife in Miniature": Ensemble exhibition featuring small works by the world's leading wildlife painters.
2001- "Big Cats of the Wild": Ensemble exhibition.
2001- One-Man Exhibition: Denman's first one-man showing, nearly thirty original paintings.
1999- "Wolves": Ensemble Show.
1997- "Wolves": Ensemble Show.
1996 - "Wolves": Ensemble Show.
- Richard James Galleries, Charleston, SC.
2006- "Miniatures": Artwork included in Fall jurried exhibition.
2006- "Miniatures Gone Wild": Artwork included in Winter jurried eexhibition.
2005- "Jingling Miniatures": Artwork included in Fall juried exhibition.
- Birds in Art
2006- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI. Artwork, "The Goldenrod Gang," is included in the exhibition, subsequent national tour, and purchased by the museum for their permanent collection. A pencil study for "The Goldenrod Gang" is included in the exhibition "No Ordinary Line."
2005- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI. Artwork, "Modern Dance," is included in the exhibition and subsequent national tour.
2004- Leigh Yawkey. Artwork, "Indigo" featured in show and tour. Andrew's first showing with Birds in Art.
- Susan K. Black Foundation
2006- Andrew Denman is an instructor for acrylic painting at the Fifth Annual SKB Workshop.
2005- Shooting Star Award: Andrew Denman was awarded the first ever SKB Foundation Shooting Star Award at the Fourth Annual SKB Workshop in Dubois, Wyoming. Presented by Mort Solberg, the award acknowledges the extraordinary advancements Andrew has made in his career in recent years.
2005 - Purchase Award: Andrew's landscape painting, "Bodega Head," was given the purchase award at the Fourth Annual SKB Workshop.
2005 - Best Acrylic Painter: During the exhibition of workshop participants at the Fourth Annual SKB Worshop, Denman was honored as best acrylic painter.
2005- "Selling Yourself Without Selling Out; A Brief Guide to Career Building for the Iconoclastic Artist": Andrew gives an extremely well recieved self marketing presentation during the SKB marketing seminar.
- Hearst Art Gallery, Saint Mary's College, Moraga CA
2005- "Now & Then; Senior Thesis & Alumni Exhibition": Andrew Denman a featured alumni exhibitor.
2000 - "Annual Student Exhibition": Graduating Senior Exhibit.
1999 - "Annual Student Exhibition"
- Mendocino Art Center
2006- Best of Show at Mendocino Art Center's "Third Annual Marine Wildlife National Multi-Media Juried Exhibit" for "Oceana III."
- International Guild of Realism
2009- Denman participates in annual jurried show at J. Willott Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.
2008 through Ongoing- Denman's painting, "The Environmentalists" is included in "The New Reality: Frontiers in American Realism," a traveling museum exhibition still touring the U.S.
2008- Denman participates in Annual Winter Jurried Show at Scottsdale Fine Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2006- Andrew Denman's still life painting, "Mine Is," wins Best of Trompe l'Oeil Award at the IGOR Annual Jurried Show at Manitou Gallereis in Santa Fe, NM.
- Western Visions
2006 through 2009 Andrew participates in the Western Visions Miniatures and More Show and Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY.
- Trailside Galleries
2009- February- Wildlife Discovery Show
2009- June- Salute to Summer Show
2009- September- Fall Gold Show
2008- February- Wildlife Discovery Show
2008- June- Salute to Summer Show
2008- September- Artist Solo Showcase "Introducing Andrew
- Artist in Residence, National Museum of Wildlife Art
Andrew Denman had the distinct honor of being named the Winter 2009 Lanford Monroe Memorial Artist-in-Residence at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. January 26th through the 31st, Denman was lecturing and demonstrating his technique for museum visitors, speaking at area schools, and observing Wyoming's beautiful winter landscape and plentiful wildlife.
- Art of the Animal Kingdom
2009- Andrew's art included in the high profile annual jurried show at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, VT.
- The Art of Conservation
2009- Andrew's work was included in the 2nd annual juried art exhibition organised by Artists for Conservation (AFC), formerly WNAG. The 2009 show was hosted by the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in New Jersey.
- Paraduxx Bottle Design for Duckhorn Vineyards
2004- Andrew Denman's painting of a pair of wood ducks graces the label of the 2004 Paraduxx Vintage. Paraduxx is a division of Duckhorn.
- National Museum of Wildlife Art
2008- the NMWA added another Andrew Denman original to their collection, "Michelle's Magic Bunny," a portrait of a Jackrabbit highlighted in Denman's 2008 solo show at Pacific Wildlife.
2006- the NMWA purchased Andrew Denman's original painting, "Network" which features barn swallows perched on rusted gas pipes. In 2003, this same painting garnered Denman a Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence and was included in the national tour. The National Museum also ownes one of Denman's drawings, featuring a pair of Megellanic Penguins, donated by Museum founder Bill Kerr.
- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, known for its venerable annual "Birds in Art" exhibition owns two Andrew Denman originals. The first is "The Goldenrod Gang," a painting of three male Chinese Golden Pheasants, puchased by the Woodson after BIA 2006, and the second, a pencil study for "The Goldenrod Gang," gifted to the museum by the artist.
- American Artist
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- 2004- Feature article "Building a Career by Exploring Subjects and Styles," in October issue. Text by Elizabeth Forst.
Published by: VNU Business Publications
- Berkeley Fiction Review
2001- Cover Art. May issue -
- International Artist
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- 2004- Artwork featured in "Mater Painters of the World: United States Showcase," February/March issue.
Published by: International Artist Trust
- Wildlife Art Magazine
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- 2008- Solo Show featured in "Art Beat" Listings. "Fanny Got Bling" is pictured. March/April issue.
2006- Andrew's painting, "The Goldenrod Gang," included in "What's New" section. November/December issue.
2006- "Bay Area Wildlife Show" covered in "Art Beat" section. September/October issue.
2004- Feature article, "Calculated Contradiction." Text by Mary Nelson. Denman's painting of flamingos, "Modern Dance," was featured on the cover. November/December issue.
2004- Artwork featured in "Affordable Art: Collect on a Budget." March/April issue.
2003- Artwork featured in "Down By the Sea," marine pictorial. March/April issue.
Published by: Pothole Publications, Inc.
- California Waterfowl
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- 2005- Work featured on the cover. Article on Andrew Denman's wood duck painting, selected as CWA's 2005 Life Member's Print.
Published by: CWA
- Southwest Art
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- 2008- Solo Show featured in "Best of the West." April issue.
2006- Feature Article, "Wild About Art," April issue. Text by Bonnie Gangelhoff.
2005-Profiled in "21 Under 31," September issue. Text by Bonnie Gangelhoff.
2005- Artwork featured in "Art Values" column, June issue.
2005- One-man Show featured in "Best of the West," April issue.
Published by: Active Interest Media, Inc.
- The Artist's Magazine
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- 2008- Feature Article, "Feathers & Finesse," in October issue. Text by Deborah Secor.
2006- Business Column, "Promote Without Peril," in May issue. Text by Andrew Denman.
2005- Feature article, "Realism Redefined," in August issue. Text by Senior Editor Steve Smith.
Published by: F+W Publications, Inc.
- Andrew Denman; Recent Works
Artist, Author - 2008- This forty page catalogue was produced by the artist and Pacific Wildlife Galleries for Denman's fouth Solo Exhibition at Pacific Wildlife in the Spring of 2008. It includes an introduction by the artist, reproductions of all twenty-three original paintings in the show, excerpts from the artist's travelogues, and selections of Denman's original poetry.
Author: Andrew Denman
Published by: Denman Studios & Pacific Wildlife Galleries
- Western Art Collector
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2010- Feature Article "Nature's Voice." A Preview of Denman's 2010 Solo Art Exhibition. April Issue. Text by Senior Editor Michelle Borgwardt. -
Published by: International Artist Trust, A.C.N.
- 2005 - International Guild of Realism
The International Guild of Realism is committed to creating awarness of realism in art and promoting the careers of quality realist painters.
- 2003 - Lamorinda Arts Alliance
- 2002 - Society of Animal Artists
An organization devoted to promoting excellence in the artistic portrayal of the creatures sharing our planet, and to the education of the public through its informative art seminars, lectures and teaching demonstrations.