Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Petroglyph adaptations

 Quite a while back I traveled the American West. 

Visiting National Parks and State Parks, I was immediately fascinated by the petroglyphs, rock carvings that removed the darker surface of the rock and exposed the lighter colored rock beneath. Some of them have been carved thousands of years ago, most of them are at least 400 years old and still clearly visible on many rock faces. You can find them in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and many more places.

Information about petroglyphs by the National Park Service
Where you can see petroglyphs

As many artists do when they see the works of other artists, I played with the shapes and filled them with my own symbols and patterns.  


After these I designed three monuments dedicated to the unknown native American petroglyph artists.

 


All pictures are mixed media (acrylic paints and inks on watercolor background on paper).

 












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