About this artwork
Primitive Mark is an interpretation of the Pictish Wolf, which is found carved into many of the ancient standing stones in the Scottish Highlands. I work from a basic outline, (drawn anywhere between 800 and 1000 years ago) and reimagine it in three dimensional form. The drawing itself remains naive and primitive, conveying the energy of the pictoglyph.
The Picts, ( who were the original peoples populating much of Scotland around 1000 AD) would draw marks to delineate the energy flow, or powerful points on the body (shoulder, haunch)of the animal or human. I love these marks and have used them before in many of my paintings. Recently, I have begun to research these at a deeper level, so this is the first is a series of paintings using the ancient drawings as a foundation for the work.
A note about the colours .. the background is deep blue/black. In some of the photos it looks more black - these are the trickiest colours to photograph due to the reflective qualities of very dark colours. I have photographed the painting in different lights to show the black and the blue as best I can.