by Eric Whollem
earth paints, casein and watercolor on paper
Collection of the artist.
14" x 10 7/8"
Copyright by the artist
A SHAMAN OF TEOTIHUACAN
The antler crowned figure in the painting above is my fantasy rendition
of an Altantean shaman. The meandering blue form represents the
canals of Teotihuacan, which was an island city, now found near Mexico
City. Aztlan is the legendary island home of the Aztecs. Some say that
Aztlan was Atlantis.
The square forms represent pyramid sites. The general style of this work
is based on my studies of prehistoric petroglyphs.
I mixed earth pigments gathered in nature with resin to create the back-
ground texture for this work. And the final delineations of line were
painted with a stick brush, being thick, homemade earth paints.
This abstract art is one of my early works from the 1970's. It harkens
to a degree to the works of Paul Klee, yet bears an American stamp
to it, incorporting as it does a measure of Native American rock art