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“Neon Cave Art” Lighting up Queen Street East

Major new neon, acrylic and charcoal piece “Neon Cave Art” now hanging in the front window of the Curran Gallery, 1027 Queen Street East, Leslieville, Toronto.

The paintings on the walls of the recently discovered Chauvet cave in southern France are some of the most extraordinary pieces of art in the history of the world. Not only are they beautiful renditions of the horses, bulls, rhinos and other animals that shared the area with the very early humans that created them, but they appear to have been done without mistakes, erasures or missteps.

Apparently they were painted not just by “cave-men”, but also by women and children, for the signature hand-prints of both sexes and all ages are found attached to the drawings. Extraordinarily, scientists have found that some of the paintings were started 35,000 years ago – and modified 30,000 years ago – 5,000 years later!

How did they do it – in the pitch dark of the caves? This re-imagination of one of the paintings in acrylic and charcoal by Toronto artist Peter Rowe adds an element the original painters would have given their eye-teeth for – light. The piece takes this very oldest of artworks and adds one of the very newest of art mediums to it – neon.

Inside the gallery is a group exhibition running to May 31, 2017 with work by Adam Monture, Stephen McCarthy, Catherine Curran, Kevin Hunt and Peter Rowe.


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Curran Gallery
1027 Queen Street East,
Toronto M4M 1K3
416 456 6365
cgallerytoronto@gmail.com