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Prehistoric Caves continued

I made over 100 drawings, necessarily in the dark, trying to catch some of the experience of sharing these spaces with the prehistoric artists who often seem to have looked at their world much as we do ours. My rushed and often messy little drawings carry particular meaning for me, catching both some of what I saw and some of how it felt to be there. I made some solarplate prints directly from the drawings in May last year and then went on to make 65 monotypes using the drawings and memories from seven of the caves.

I started using some of the monotype methods that I had developed while making the goddess series, but soon found that new approaches and techniques were needed to carry these ideas. I made the monotypes in groups from each cave as these caves have such different characteristics.

I have talked more about the imagery in these monotypes and their development in my blog – there’s a link to this in the menu bar. There is a button on the blog page that enables you to sign up to have email notification each time I add a new post.


The monotypes are unique prints but share the same measurements (H40.5 xW30.5 cms). They are all printed with Akua inks on Arches 88 paper and most have chine colle or collaged digital prints (on archival paper) that are made directly from the drawings I made in the caves. Many have additional marks in mixed media.

Please click on each image to enlarge.

Each available framed £250, unframed £220.


Lascaux II

Magical Mystery Fabulous Beasts Beyond time Our forgotten world Pony Club

Riding the Wave

Outside I heard a cukoo call

Space Invaders

Wonderful things

Swimming reindeer

True test of time

Time after time

Walking the Mysteries

Font de Gaume

Hidden, deep in the cave Gothic heights and stalactites Ancient animals Big bison Out of the sunlight

Many Questions, No Answers

I can hear bison roaring

Look with humility

Spot the bison

Reindeer Kiss

Running reindeer

Tracking the signs

Shapes form in the shadows


Fragments dancing Dizzy Dome Frozen Frieze Making progress Mammoth Meeting

Mark by mark

Mammoth Moment


Shaped by a red line

Route March

Tumbling in Time

Spinning in time

Time Line

Les Combarelles

The Lioness Waits Like a Bat Out of Hell Reindeer Drinking Powerful Women We were there

Cap Blanc

Running Together Silent in soft light Wild Horses Historic Herd  

Horse Whispers

Stabled in Stone

Le Sorcier

Moved by the Sorcerer Casting spells Frisky fragments Deep in the Sorcerer's Home  

Shapes form in darkness

Magic moments


High Five Baby Mammoth I left my mark so long ago Glimpses in the dark  

Looking back, looking forward

Meeting a Memory

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