Chauvet Lions

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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. To see a photo of the original painting, click here.


Chauvet Lions on sandstone
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.
17” x 16”

Chauvet Lions



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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!

This painting is on a beautiful piece of French Vanilla sandstone. Colors in the stone range from dark cream and antique gold to sunset grey. Stone "arches" flow around the lioness.
The size is approx. 16" x 12.25" and it weights just over 9 lbs. 

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Chauvet Lions on sandstone.
This stone had intriguing layers of mineral concretions rippling through it.

Size is approx. 15" x 15"

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Chauvet Lions on silver-mica sandstone.
The size is approx. 15.75" x 15"

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Chauvet Lions on  sandstone. 
The size is approx. 14" x 16"

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