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Sketch Club 1 – Dougie Chowns

ONCE UPON A TIME ART WAS POWERFUL

By Dougie Chowns

In the early world some 30,000 BC, art birthed when Paleolithic humans conceived the idea to make images of the hunt, the animals they revered and images of themselves. We know this from 16,000 BC cave paintings discovered in Altimira Spain, the Dordogne France and Africa. 

Art and the status of the artist was quite different to what we consider art and the artist to be today - the imagery portrayed was not intended to be a pretty drawing to be admired or even easily seen. The work was a powerful communication with the other world, not for humans at all. However it had humans in mind I believe - art was all about survival.

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