They painted in the canyons: Archaic artists created compelling images 5,000 years ago

They painted in the canyons: Archaic artists created compelling images 5,000 years ago

The small figures at the Sinbad Study Area could be a reference to a shaman, and the figure with concentric circles in the torso could be the mother of animals or a creator figure.
Photographer Craig Law, under the cloth of his large-format camera, works at the Great Gallery Panel, one of North America’s oldest rock art panels. The “billboard-sized” Great Gallery is 300-feet wide with more than 80 figures, many near life-size.
Two figures from the Perfect Panel in the Canyonlands Study Area.
The small figures at the Sinbad Study Area could be a reference to a shaman, and the figure with concentric circles in the torso could be the mother of animals or a creator figure.
A spirit figure in the Great Gallery at the Green River Study Area. The “billboard-sized” Great Gallery is 300-feet wide with more than 80 figures, many near life-size.

They painted in the canyons: Archaic artists created compelling images 5,000 years ago

The small figures at the Sinbad Study Area could be a reference to a shaman, and the figure with concentric circles in the torso could be the mother of animals or a creator figure.
Photographer Craig Law, under the cloth of his large-format camera, works at the Great Gallery Panel, one of North America’s oldest rock art panels. The “billboard-sized” Great Gallery is 300-feet wide with more than 80 figures, many near life-size.
Two figures from the Perfect Panel in the Canyonlands Study Area.
The small figures at the Sinbad Study Area could be a reference to a shaman, and the figure with concentric circles in the torso could be the mother of animals or a creator figure.
A spirit figure in the Great Gallery at the Green River Study Area. The “billboard-sized” Great Gallery is 300-feet wide with more than 80 figures, many near life-size.

They painted in the canyons: Archaic artists created compelling images 5,000 years ago

A detail of a creator figure with rice grass sprouting from a finger at the Harvest Panel in the Green River Study Area. A rabbit floats over the arm and a bird flies nearby.

They painted in the canyons: Archaic artists created compelling images 5,000 years ago

Most of the lower wall of the Great Gallery in the Green River Study Area. The “billboard-sized” Great Gallery is 300-feet wide with more than 80 figures, many near life-size.

They painted in the canyons: Archaic artists created compelling images 5,000 years ago

At the Ascending Sheep Panel in the Sinbad Study Area, a composite figure is on the left with a human body and legs, female bighorn sheep head, snake tongue and parrot feet. Creator figures are seen on the right.

They painted in the canyons: Archaic artists created compelling images 5,000 years ago

A Barrier Canyon rock-art figure with small applications of white paint around the border of the figure. Visual artist David Sucec, director of the Barrier Canyon Style Project, and photographer Craig Law teamed up over 25 years ago to begin to inventory this rare Archaic rock-art style.

They painted in the canyons: Archaic artists created compelling images 5,000 years ago

A detail of spirit figure in the Thompson Canyon cluster at the Northern Study Area.