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Chauvet Lions on sandstone

Chauvet Lions on sandstone

Like the rhinos of Chauvet cave these lions are all naturalistically rendered, with each one looking like an individual.  It blows my mind that the original cave art is around 30,000 years old, yet looks absolutely modern in execution and was done on an unforgiving stone wall in the dark. The majority of paintings in Chauvet cave, including these lions, are black. Grey was made by thinning the paint, rubbing off some pigment, or mixing stone scrapings together, for an affect that looks like it was done on rag paper rather than on raw rock.


Although my paintings are much smaller than the originals, I strive to use the same pigments and techniques as the early artists did, hand-painting, rubbing, and carving into the surface of the stone. The pigment paints are light-fast, and with care this painting could last another 30,000 years!


  • About the stone...

    This piece of sandstone has amazing washes of shimmering gold, rose and bronze running over the surface. I carved less than usual in this lion painting to keep as much of the color flow of the natural rock as I could.

    Size approx. 17” x 16”


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