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About the Artist:
“In the increasingly crowded field of wildlife artists, Andrew Denman [b. 1978], stands out for his distinctive look in addition to his masterful painting skill” writes veteran art writer and magazine editor Jennifer King in a 2008 editorial for Create Better Paintings.com. Denman is an artist known for capturing diverse subjects, from wildlife, to landscape, to still life, in an equally diverse range of styles. His recent work focuses on intimate wildlife portraits and scenes approached with a unique combination of hyper-realism, stylization, and abstraction.
Denman holds a BA in Fine Arts from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. He is well known in the San Francisco Bay Area as both an artist and teacher, and he has gained international attention through major gallery showings, numerous museum exhibitions, artist workshops and speaking engagements, and feature coverage in such publications as Southwest Art, American Artist, Wildlife Art, The Artist’s Magazine, and International Artist, 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 in Lafayette, CA, where he went on to hold four successful solo exhibitions. Denman is currently represented by Astoria Fine Art in Jackson, WY, and J. Willott Gallery in Palm Desert, CA. He maintains Denman Studios at his Antioch and Orinda CA residences.
His work has toured nationally with Birds in Art and the Society of Animal Artists, which has thrice honored Andrew’s work with Awards of Excellence. The artist is a regular participant in the highly competitive Western Visions Miniatures and More Exhibition and Sale at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, an institution that named him the Lanford Monroe Memorial Artist in Residence for Winter of 2009. Denman’s work can be found in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, The Nature in Art Museum in Gloucesterhsire, England, and numerous private collections around the world. The artist is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, NY, The International Guild of Realism, AZ, and Artists for Conservation, Canada.
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.”
- "Old World-New World; The Wildlife Art of Andrew Denman & Guy Combes." Joint Exhibition. Gloucestershire, England, 2012.
- Denman Studios, Orinda, CA. Solo Exhibit 2010.
- Pacific Wildlife Galleries, Lafayette, CA. Solo Exhibits in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008. Featured artist “Bay Area
Wildlife” 2006, numerous ensemble shows-2009.
- Trailside Galleries, Jackson, WY. Artist Showcase, 2008, 2011, numerous ensemble shows-2011.
- “A Natural Inclination: the Art of Andrew Denman.” Solo Exhibition. Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA, 2007
- Society of Animal Artists. “Art & the Animal”: 2003, 2006, 2008-2012
- Artists for Conservation. “The Art of Conservation”: 2009-2012.
- “Birds in Art,” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, 2004-2006
- “Western Visions,” National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY 2006-2012
- “Art of the Animal Kingdom XIV” Bennignton Center for the Arts, Bennignton, VT, 2009
- “The Art of Seeing” Oakland Museum of Natural History, Oakland CA, 2003, 3006
- “American Birds, a Flight through Time” The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO, 2005.
- Nature in Art Museum. Gloucestershire, England. 2012 Gift of the Artist.
- Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Wausau, WI. 2006 Acquisition.
- National Museum of Wildlife Art. Jackson, WY. 2005 & 2008 Acquisitions.
Selected Awards and Honors:
- Bob Kuhn Award, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2012.
- Lanford Monroe Memorial Artist in Residence, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 2009.
- Don Eckelberry Memorial Scholarship. Society of Animal Artists, 2006.
- Award of Excellence, Society of Animal Artists, 2003, 2004, 2009.
- International Artist: Feature Article, June/July 2012
- Western Art Collector: Feature Article, April 2010
- The Artist’s Magazine: Feature Articles, August 2005, October 2009
- Southwest Art: Feature Article, April 2006. 21 Under 31, September 2005.
- American Artist: Feature Article, October 2004.
- Wildlife Art: Cover Feature, November/December 2004.
Workshops, Lectures, and Speaking Engagements:
- “Tortoise Beats Hare; Strategic Marketing in a Down Economy,” Marketing Seminar. Susan K. Black Workshop. June 2005.
- “The Art of Andrew Denman” Lecture. Nature in Art Museum. Gloucestershire, England. August 2012.
- “The Art of Andrew Denman” Lecture. University of California Santa Cruz. 2007.
- “A Natural Inclination” Lecture. Lindsay Wildlife Museum. 2007.
- “Birds of A Feather” Guided tour of Birds in Art. Lindsay Wildlife Museum. 2007.
- Instructor for Acrylic Painting. Susan K. Black Foundation Workshop Dubois, WY. 2006.
- “Selling Yourself Without Selling Out,” Marketing Seminar. Susan K. Black Workshop. June 2005.
Memberships and Associations
- Society of Animal Artists. New York, NY. Signature Member. 2002 to Present.
- International Guild of Realism. Scottsdale, AZ. Associate Member. 2005 to Present.
- Artists for Conservation. Vancouver, Canada. Signature Member. 2003 to Present.