David K. John Canyon Songs


Item Number: DR 5121
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: David K John
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Age: 2021
Dimensions: 36” X 24”


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Beautiful desert colors fill the background of this painting of petroglyphs. David has captured the images he has seen on canvas. The foreground has a beautiful Yei figure emerging from the canyon. He is part of the represented petroglyphs and playing a song with them. All of these carefully painted images represent a part of Mother Earth and coming alive.

In many places of the southwest, canyon walls are filled with prehistoric rock art – silent stories in stone. These petroglyphs are symbols of a culture that persisted for millennia. The images may represent interactions with the spirit world, display familiar icons, recount stories, record events, or mark trails, territorial boundaries, or locations where water could be found.

Petroglyphs are rock art that has been chipped, pecked or etched into a rock surface. They tend to darken as they age. Art that has been painted on a flat rock surface is called a “pictograph.” Mixing natural compounds – hematite or ocher for red, for instance, or kaolin or gypsum for white, charcoal for black – with a base of plant and animal oils, created colored pigments. The paint was then applied with brushes made out of animal hair or yucca leaf fibers, or smeared on with fingers. Because pictographs are extremely fragile, fewer of the prehistoric drawings remain for us to see.

Condition: Excellent – original condition -new.
Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist.

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