Flight of the Warrior

Flight of the Warrior

Has a mystical quality to it accentuated by the lower left figure which seems to rise upwards. Many African petroglyphs convey hunting scenes where a shaman blesses the hunt or a figure rises up when in a trance. This is my personal interpretation of an African shaman in a trance. He foretells the taking down of a powerful beast which requires the help of many a skilled warrior. He tells them that following the path of the giraffe and jackal will bring them to the creature where it will eventually meet its demise. In fact, this is a small bichrome painting from central Namibia of a man with a headdress holding a hunting bow and arrows. The crouched warriors is a non-traditional portrayal of a such a figure. This depiction was created on printmaking paper with layers of Tar Gel to represent the convoluted journey undertaken by the warriors. Some of the gel was colored and dripped with purpose from a palette knife. I chose light colored, slightly textured rice paper which would allow the underpainting to show through. SIZE 30’ x 38”.

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