STB Rock Art

STEPHEN TOWNLEY BASSETT

RAD 70 – Esikolweni I

I was attracted to the way the eland below had been painted in this scene, with the nose touching a vertical crack in the rock. The shading of the animals as well as the fact that the San believed that access to the spirit world could be gained through fissures and cracks in the rock, has always intrigued me.  The eland was a spiritually powerful animal in San cosmology and is the most painted animal in southern African rock art. The image below right is a delicately painted human figure in a running position. It’s hard to know why this figure was painted in this position. It could be that he was running away from the potency of the eland or he is running to his clan, to share his observations with them.

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Original Artwork

Stephen’s original rock art documentary paintings are created using ancient pigment and paint making methods on acid-free, long fibre cotton canvas. This is a stable substrate for his paint mixes.
Each artwork is accompanied by a description of the specific rock art panel from where the frieze was recorded.

Signed & Numbered Canvas Print Collection

  • Each print is part of a limited, signed and numbered collection.
  • Stephen’s print collections are printed on premium quality canvas and with archival inks
  • Size of canvas includes the 6cm cream border which becomes the mount
  • Enclosed with each print is a description of the frieze.

Mounted Prints

Each print is produced on high quality fine art paper with a cream mount. This makes them ideal for travel and gifts.

Shipping Information

  • Door to door shipping available within South Africa and worldwide.
  • Rate is calculated on completion of order and included in the invoice, which will be e-mailed to you.
  • Once payment is received, a tracking number will be provided to ensure shipments can be tracked.
  • Free shipping within South Africa for orders over R1000.00View of actual frieze on rock face
Ordering Options

Mounted Print, Original Artwork, Signed & Numbered Print Collection

Dimensions

Canvas size: 61cm(h) x 71cm(w), Mounted size: 21cm(h) x 27.5cm(w)

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