Cave Art

This series is inspired by the research into the geometric signs found in ice-age caves in Europe.

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Many of the smaller pieces will be at 2909 West Broadway November 20 to January 20, 2018 at the community office of MLA David Eby, 2909 West Broadway. The office is usually open 9:30-4:30 Monday to Friday. I live close by and if you’re interested in seeing some of my art and chatting with me contact me and we can arrange a time to meet.

The colour palette I’ve used often including lime green, turquoise and bright pink is inspired by the photographic technique used in enhancing photos of cave art. The approach is called D-Stretch and was used first in the U.S. http://www.dstretch.com/

Here’s an excerpt from the website: Decorrelation stretch, an image enhancement technique …can be usefully applied to rock art.  I(it has the)  ability to bring out elements nearly invisible to the eye and to improve visualization of difficult sites.

Deep Within 36″ x 36″ Mixed-media on canvas $900

From Deep Within. I feel it can be deep within a cave–with lights and photogrphic equipment turned on–or deep within to my interior space. What does it say to you?

 

 

 

Organic Forms 30″ x 40″ mixed-media on canvas $900

Organic Forms or subtitled: What did the kidney say to the heart?

(see recent posts for an image and more commentary.)

(A little cave art humour.)

Pink Horizon, 8″ x 24″ mixed-media on wood panel $225

Dotting the Landscape, 8″ x 24″ mixed-media on wood panel $225
SOLD. Which of Six Possible Doors. 8″ x 24″ mixed-media on cradled panel.
Ladder to Where? . 8″ x 24″ mixed-media on cradled panel.
I like the idea of a friend who says these look like windows. Windows into the mystery of the deep past where we can’t quite see what’s there and who left the traces. Shown at Naam Restaurant Spring 2017
“Hands Up!” First Signs found in caves in Europe include positive and negative hands. Positive hands made by printing the hand on the cave; and negative by spitting pigment around the outside of a hand held on the cave wall. These 8″ x 8″ pieces include hand prints plus other symbols. I like to think I’m channelling the same kind of energy these early artists would have had as they “made their marks.” Photo from Naam Exhibit 8″ x 8″ pieces are $90 each.
John Voth, whose work painting on ripped plywood had a retrospective recently, called the Inner Beauty of Wood Exposed. We had lunch at the Naam and talked art, wood, philosophy. We are both awe struck by the idea of early humans as artists.