Sorcerer – 2

Sorcerer 2

(web page sized photo)

The Sorcerer is the therianthropic being at the top. It has anatomical characteristics of a number of creatures, including human, horse, bear, etc., and represent the shapeshifting which is a global phenomenon. The figure was painted on a cave in Trois-Frères, Ariège, France back around 15,000 years ago. The stick figures beneath are sourced from South African San paintings (at the Kondoa’s Kolo Site) and likely much older.

The ‘ropes’ are for climbing to the elevated state of consciousness which the Sorcerer represents.

the painting attempts to recreate a cave-like scene.

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3 Responses to Sorcerer – 2

  1. susanhay says:

    The description helped to make sense of the painting which is well executed. Your painting makes me think of African masks. Did you know that Picasso’s Les Desmoiselles D’Avignon was inspired by African masks? The whole Cubist movement hinged on that painting apparently!

  2. masqua says:

    That was a surprising response, Susan. I never made the connection to African masks, but it does make some sense. Have you checked out Haida masks as well. I viewed a series of them at the McMichael Gallery in Kleiberg as a side attraction to a recent Norval Morrisseau exhibition and found a need to study those masks further.

    BTW… I was the proud recipient of a Canadian cubist painting done by Selwyn Dewdney, who apparently did quite a few in that genre. I also read some of his excellent books such as The Sacred Scrolls of the Southern Ojibwa and an edition of Indian Rock Paintings of the Great Lakes, so, in my estimation, he was and remains a Canadian of importance in many ways. A man well worth researching.

  3. Anna says:

    I always loved ‘the sorcerer’ at the Trois-Freres and I like the shamanic connotations. An arresting piece of work; mixing San culture with French cave dwellers made me sit up and think! And that is a good thing!

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