BuckArt

Genuine Simulated Paleolithic Cave Art

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Announcement    Stone paintings like your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great etc. grandparents used to make!

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Travelling back in time to bring the past back alive and kicking.

Thirty-four years ago, I was working part-time at the U.C. Berkeley Paleontology Museum while studying Fine Art. The two became linked in my imagination. Later, after seeing some of the caves in France I wanted to bring home a souvenir that captured the magic and primitive feel of the caves, but found only mass produced kitsch. I thought I could do better, so I have been researching, experimenting and creating cave art ever since.

I spend hours at the stone yard, looking at the colors and textures of stone, looking for the forms of animals or people that lie in them. Each expedition yields about 100 pounds of interesting rocks. I shape the rock with a hammer and chisel, some of the more brittle stones shattering into sharp, unusable bits. Out of 100 lbs. of rock, I usually get about 20 lbs. of usable pieces. Once I’ve roughly shaped a stone, I rub it with another stone to smooth the surface and edges, brighten the colors, open the pores and give the stone a weathered ancient feel. I use the same painting techniques that paleolithic artists used, the main difference being I use an airbrush to blow light fast paint onto stone, rather than spitting pigment mixed with cave water out of my mouth (I’d like to live longer than they did!) and my paintings are smaller than the originals for portability. I use the same pigments, and sgraffito scraping techniques and am constantly exploring paleo art imagery and symbols, trying to recreate non-literate communication, and beauty, on stone.

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  • C. Buck Reynolds

    Owner, Maker, Time Traveler

    Over the course of forty years I've learned drawing, painting, etching, sculpture, hand-press, computer graphics techniques that have all culminated and been variously thrown out the window as I explore a lifelong fascination with prehistoric art.

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
Thank you for your interest in my genuine simulated paleolithic cave art. Each piece of stone is hand-picked, hand-smoothed and shaped, and hand-painted by me. I have been studying and experimenting in primitive art for over 20 years to bring you the closest thing to 20,000 year old art without having the authorities looking for you.

All original artwork is copyright © C. Buck Reynolds
Buck Art original designs are not to be re-distributed, copied, imitated, or misappropriated in any way. Please contact me if you are interested in using my images for publication. All Rights Reserved.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Can a hanging stone painting also be put on display on a plate stand?

Yes. Flat bottomed stones do especially well on tabletop stands. Irregular stones, too, if they aren't too pointy. I originally started showing my stone paintings in wooden plate stands.

Care instructions

These stones may be safely dusted with a duster or soft cloth. The paint I use is light fast and super-fine, so it soaks in to the surface of the stone, but may be scraped off by something hard. The stone may be wiped off with a damp cloth if it gets dirty, but take care around the painted areas. With care, your painting should last at least 20,000 years!