2001 50 x 30" 125 x 76 cm Acrylic on Canvas
Ten to forty thousand years ago the first evidence of the creative nature of humans begins to appear. The motivation must have been great to inspire these early artists to walk and even crawl down long dark tunnels with their oil lamps and attempt to capture the essence of the animals they saw and hunted on the walls of their caves. The animals in this painting, are based on images found on the walls of the Altamira, the Chauvet and the Lascaux caves.
I have used a great deal of artistic license with the time line in this piece. The first minor discrepancy is that neither my cat, nor myself, are even close to ten let alone forty thousand years old. A somewhat larger stretch was including my great-great-grandmother, some ten million times removed, 'plesiadapis'. I have often wondered if the cat would seek revenge for being tossed out into a snowstorm, if I was smaller than it, and I still looked somewhat like a rodent.
This painting has participated in the following International Exhibits;
"REAL?" ICO Gallery, New York, NY, USA 2008
An International Presentation of Portfolios, the Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany 2006