"Indiana" Sandra & the Lost Painter from Spain
Sandra Chanis L., San Diego Visual Artists Guild member and Past-President of the Oceanside Museum of Art Board of Trustees, seen here in Spain at Cueva de Covalanas near the caves of Altimira These caves, recently discovered pre-date those at Altimira and contain the earliest known paintings done by humans.
During her exploration of the site, Sandra obtained rare artifacts from that 30,000 year old period in art history. Illustrated are some of the human remains she found along with a primitive tool (#6A).
These painters used the form of painting called spit painting to illustrate the walls of their cave homes and sanctuaries. They did this by filling their mouths with paint and spitting it out onto the cave wall surface. Today under extensive scrutiny by art historians, this form of art is considered obsolete and does not qualify as art. They consider spit painting a craft and not anywhere near equal to the modern form of splatter painting that is currently in fashion. (We, that is the artists, beg to disagree).
Some of the bones and the tooth (#5) illustrated here are presumed to be those of the first painter in the world. We are not sure whether these remains are part of an ancient burial site or a food midden. Further investigation is necessary as to whether our artist, who we will call "Ug", was either buried or eaten by his peers. Ug's paintings may be seen at Cueva de Covalanas by prearrangement with the Spanish Department of Archeology and through tours led by The San Diego Visual Artists Guild.
Cave Painting "Facsimile" by Valerie Batt
A recent DNA analysis of Ug has shown him to be a direct ancestor of our own fine artist Sebastian Capella. It now appears that the Guild's lineage actually goes back further than the mere 86 years currently claimed. It is now a scientific fact that it was the ancestors of one of our own Guild members who created painting in the first place. We are very proud to finally get the historical recognition we so rightly deserve. Hopefully the San Diego Museum of Art will make a note of this incredible discovery and their true origin in the next museum publication.
Sandra is delighted with this find and hopes to return to the site someday and maybe find the remains of the world's first sculptor.
"Ug at Work" by Thierry Chatelain