In the Shadow of the Cave Painters
Starting In the early 1990’s, a precisely textured acrylic painting style and a matching, textured Conté drawing series evolved depicting ethereal imagery. Those techniques by their very nature lured me away from a literal interpretation of the visible world that I had practiced since my earliest years.
About ten years later, a moment of absentminded musing with leather scraps inspired a new direction. Construction techniques I invented years before, the inherently primordial nature of thick, hard leather and a review of African tribal masks became unified in a sculpture series. Further inquiry into the arts of other ancient cultures inevitably led me to revisit photos of the neolithic cave paintings of Lascaux and Altamira. The elegant simplicity and magical beauty those ancient artists realized with only the most primitive materials left me awestruck. The palpably coarse feel of their drawing media on the rough cave surfaces inspired a final leap. My original Conté series on paper transformed into large, gritty, pastel drawings on canvas.
The metaphysical content that some ancient cultures were able to express through their art forms were a revelation. Now I aspire to achieve a joyful, sensual, simplified form of drawing that contains a sense of the modern, the ancient and sometimes a touch of the primordial.
Selected Group Exhibits