Welcome to Modern Cave Paintings
Please enjoy these paintings of cave wall petroglyphs created by BC artist Teyjah McAren. These pieces include acrylics on paper as well as works of highly texturized, wall-sized images of prehistoric animals and people created with acrylic gels. Explore a realm of mystery and symbolism. Take a journey through time and places unknown. Visit Teyjah’s video blog for much more information about her art.
“My paintings represent my own struggle to understand the mysterious and my own search for meaning.”
Discover prehistoric animals and people through cave wall paintings and petroglyphs. These works of art are steeped in the mythology and symbolism of the ancient people such as the Anasazi in the American Southwest and the People of the Eland and San Bushmen of Africa. As Teyjah experiences emotions walking among the caves and canyons of these mysterious lands, she paints what she feels. She is interested in symbols, rock art, and cave petroglyphs of the American Southwest. Exploring Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, Mesa Verde, and Canyon de Chelly, she was struck by the solitude and mystery of these places. Her feelings were only enhanced as she later discovered parallels in the rocky terrain of South Africa and of the signs that the indigenous cultures had left behind in the stone.
More than any other kachina, Kokopelli is one of the most recognized kachinas around. The hump on his back...December 3, 2011
Tasap kachina is the primary image in this painting. There are many versions of this very popular kachina. This...December 3, 2011
Appears only on the Third Mesa during a particular ceremony called Powamu (can be an initiation of children into...December 3, 2011
A highly stylized depiction of a family man’s attachment to his hunting dogs that also speaks of his joy...December 3, 2011
The main theme of this petroglyph has to do with life and death. Two headed animals often represent the...December 3, 2011
Relates to who holds power in the realm of the beasts. The shamanic figure on the left represents that...December 3, 2011