Imagine buying a house only to discover an archeological site in the basement. My transition from wildlife art into contemporary art was a series entitled Urban Cave Paintings. I combined my love of wildlife, my fascination with prehistoric cave paintings, and my new passion for cinder blocks.
Urban Cave Painting: Wounded Stag by Nolan Haan
In 1991, this painting was shown in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's "Wildlife: an Artist's Perspective." Chosen for their world tour, it was also the first time one of my cinder block paintings was exhibited--a it was a proud moment for me. In the catalog, the reviewer wrote:
"...Another unusual work is Urban Cave Painting: Wounded Stag by Nolan Haan. The only wildlife in sight is a crudely rendered prehistoric antelope on a cinder block wall. All of this is rendered in acrylic on silk in perfect illusionistic detail. It is one of the few works in the show with depth of content."
-Ron Netsky, Professor of Art, Nazareth College
This painting is precious to me and deserves to find a loving home. After all the years spent painting cinder block walls, I could not improve on this piece. I hope you bookmark my website and return often. Much love.