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Twist by Andrew Denman

by Andrew Denman

The Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence winner’s list reads like a who’s who of wildlife art: Robert Bateman, Carl Brenders, Simon Combes, Bob Kuhn, Daniel Smith and more. Andrew Denman not only received the Award of Excellence for the painting Twist in 2009, but for other works in 2003 and 2004 as well.

Andrew was chosen by the SAA in 2006 for the Don Eckelberry Memorial Scholarship. The resulting ten day trip to the Caribbean island of Trinidad and the Asa Wright Nature Center led to the creation of Twist. “While these Palm Tanagers were not remotely the most colorful birds I encountered in island’s lush tropical setting, they were among the most memorable” recalls Denman. “Although a ubiquitous sight, they had developed a completely fearless attitude and were frequent visitors, not only hanging from the vines immediately outside the terrace of the main building, but in the main house as well. They proved themselves to be shameless scavengers, cheekily entering the dining room to pillage unclaimed crumbs. I even saw nests indoors, including one amazingly nestled behind a refrigerator.

“From a design point of view, my interest lay in the beautiful play of curvilinear shapes and lines and the boldly abstract negative shapes they create. The addition of the swirling typeface emphasizes this concept while underscoring the graceful movement of the Palm Tanagers.”

This award winning work of art superbly presents the elements of style that have become Denman’s calling card: hyper-realism, stylization and abstraction. The Fine Art Edition Giclée canvas is 18" x 22" in an edition of only 75 and presented gallery wrapped for the option of contemporary frameless display. If ever beauty and cutting-edge could be used in the same description of a single work of art, it is with Andrew Denman’s Twist.

Sizing & Pricing

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 75 s/n. 18"w x 22"h. $695
(Gallery Wrap Available for an additional $30.)


About Andrew Denman

“In the increasingly crowded field of wildlife artists, Andrew Denman 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 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 national attention through major gallery showings, numerous museum exhibitions, artist workshops and speaking engagements as well as feature coverage in such publications as Southwest Art, American Artist, Western Art Collector, 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 in Lafayette, CA, where he went on to hold four successful solo exhibitions. Denman is currently represented by Trailside Galleries in Jackson, WY, and maintains Denman Studios at his home.

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 and The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, and numerous private collections across the country. The artist is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, NY, The International Guild of Realism, Arizona, 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.”

Selected Exhibitions:

  • 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, 2008-2011
  • Artists for Conservation. “The Art of Conservation”: 2009-2011
  •  “Birds in Art,” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, 2004-2006
  • “Western Visions,” National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY 2006-2011
  • “Art of the Animal Kingdom XIV” Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, 2009
  • “The Art of Seeing” Oakland Museum of Natural History, Oakland CA, 2003, 2006
  • “American Birds, a Flight through Time” The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO, 2005


  • Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Wausa, WI. 2006 Acquisition
  • National Museum of Wildlife Art. Jackson, WY. 2005 & 2008 Acquisitions

Selected Awards and Honors:

  • 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

Selected Publications:

  • 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:

  • “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



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