In the art world, there is an opinion that humanity in its entire history has not been able to do anything better and more elegant than the creations of primitive people. I agree with this idea and admire the dynamics and liveliness of primitive scenes, despite their seeming simplicity and primitiveness. This era attracted me more than others when I was in art school and continues to inspire me to this day.
A new series of our pagan lanterns was created in honor of this great era. First, a little history, it’s very interesting. For many years modern civilization had no idea about any objects of ancient painting. Only in 1879, the Spanish amateur archaeologist Marcelino-Sanz de Sautuola, together with his nine-year-old daughter, accidentally find the Altamira cave, the vaults of which were decorated with many drawings of ancient people. The find shocked the scientific community so much that many people considered the ancient paintings to be a falsification. However, soon they had to take their words back because paintings were found in many other countries. A high proportion of surviving prehistoric rock art is found in caves or partly enclosed rock shelters, where it could have been preserved for many centuries. Rock art has been produced in many contexts throughout all human history. In terms of technique, the main groups are: petroglyphs, cave paintings, sculpted rock reliefs, and geoglyphs that are formed on the ground. Look at the pics in the gallery for a more detailed description of these techniques. Due to the antiquity of the cave paintings, we have no reliable evidence of the reasons for the creation and significance of cave painting. But I think in many instances, the creation of rock art was itself a ritual act.
The new series of primal lanterns incorporate elements of rock art from many different places. Perhaps, according to art critics, this is not correct, cos I mixed different regions together and changed the plot structure of individual compositions. But the new collection of lamps is not an attempt to reproduce any specific composition, it is a tribute to a whole era. I want to honor the era of the dawn of mankind, when we lived side by side with nature and, probably, felt the world around us much deeper. I also consciously removed images of people from my composition, which were a frequent attribute in many rock painting. Only animals and plants are depicted on the lamps, and the person is left with the role of a spectator. Because to contemplate and be an observer is the best form of human interaction with wild nature. Little candlestick for tea-candle included with each primal lantern