A Large Bear and Tiny Hunters
2022
13" x 20"
Framed: 22" x 28"
Photography, Archival ink on Epson exhibition fiber paper
#1 of 10
signed, titled and dated front
signed, titled, dated and numbered verso
A large bear attacked by tiny hunters with bows and arrows dominates this unusual petroglyph panel above the Colorado River in Easter Utah. The bear image appears to have been pecked on top of a row of bighorn sheep of either Ancestral Pueblo or Fremont origin. Bears assume powerful roles in religious practices and traditional narratives among indigenous people.

About the Artist
(1947)
William Frej is an award-wining photographer and author who began his professional life as an architect. He later served for almost thirty years as a diplomat, living and working in Indonesia, Poland, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan. He also has traveled extensively in the mountain regions of Nepal, India, Pakistan and in Central Asia, as well as throughout Mexico and Guatemala.

Since 1970, always with his camera at his side, he has photographed Indigenous people and their environments. Bill has produced four fine art photography books since 2020: Maya Ruins Revisited: In the Footsteps of Teobert Maler, Seasons of Ceremonies: Rites and Rituals in Guatemala and Mexico, Travels Across The Roof of the World: A Himalayan Memoir, and now Blurred Boundaries: Perspectives on Rock Art of the Greater Southwest.

His books have won more than forty awards including eight “photography book of the year” awards and a Silver Medal for Travel Books from the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition in 2023.

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