by Eric Whollem
Collection of the artist
9" x 6"
Copyright by the artist
California Indian Rock Art
INFLUENCE ON MY ABSTRACT ART
Petroglyphs and pictographs have long been a major interest
of mine. Not many people know that California has more rock
art than any state in the Southwest. Perhaps because the settings
of the rock art of the Southwest are often so spectacular, it has
gained a larger place in the public eye. California rock art is
frequently very abstract. Much of it looks like writing.
View my video about pictographic abstraction.
I have attempted to do for Native American rock art a bit of
what Miro and Klee have done for the paleolithic art of
Europe. Many of my paintings and drawings are pictographic
Heizer's book, The Prehistoric Rock Art of California, is a good
source of information on the subject.
See this site for more about Heizer's book: