2002 26.5 x 51.5" 58.5 x 113.5 cm Acrylic on Canvas
I love the freedom of the cave paintings, how with a few simple strokes a powerful image can be evoked. The oldest known art works on earth were recently (1994), discovered in the Chauvet Cave in France. While most caves depict almost exclusively prey animals, the Chauvet Cave has many dangerous predators roaming its walls, lions and bears in particular abound.
I imagined a rhino, a huge powerful and generally not pleasant tempered animal. It is a herbivore (plant eater), but being one of the largest land animal on earth, hardly what you would think of as a prey animal. Put a calf beside it and suddenly it, or more precisely its calf, is a prey animal. The perspective from which it views the world, is suddenly altered. In its panic to get out of the cave, it is literally breaking through the frame.
12th International Painting Exhibition, Omma Center for Contemporary Art, Crete, Greece 2002