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 might have made!


Last updated on Mar 26, 2022

Stone paintings like your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great etc. grandparents might have made!


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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 May 9, 2022
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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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 21 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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Happy customers are very important to me. I accept both returns and exchanges, return shipping paid by you.
Payment is through direct Etsy secure credit card check-out or through PayPal, a secure online credit card merchant, which accepts MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express cards.

If there is a difference between my estimated "free" shipping and your actual shipment I will refund you the difference.

Sales tax is collected for sales within California, and other states that collect e-sales sales tax. If you are local to the Berkeley, CA area, I can arrange for pick-up or drop-off of art to save you shipping costs. Let me know in an email if that is helpful for you and I can set up a custom order for you.
Your orders will be wrapped, boxed and shipped, normally within 2 days of receiving payment.
• Domestic orders will be shipped via USPS Priority or Ground Mail unless otherwise specified.
• International orders will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail unless otherwise specified.
• If the final packing/shipping cost is less than my "free shipping" estimate I will refund the difference.
• International customers are responsible for all fees, taxes, and duties associated with
shipping to their respective countries.

Check that the address I am shipping to is listed correctly, especially if it is a gift going to someone other than yourself. Please note if the painting is going to someone as a gift. I'm happy to include a free cave art gift note with your message.
Additional policies and FAQs
I've done my best to accurately depict colors in product photos, but please keep in mind that computer monitor settings can vary, and the actual color may be slightly different that what you're seeing. If you'd like more photographs of any item in my shop before purchasing, I'd be more than happy to send you some— just email me!

Each item comes with a card explaining how the design was created. The item is wrapped in tissue paper and raffia cord, then bubble wrap, then more bubble wrap, then securely packed in its USPS box.

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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!