Barrier Canyon Style Hunter-Gatherers
2021
13" x 20.25"
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
Barrier Canyon Style shamanic paintings of ancient hunter-gatherers in eastern Utah. This rock art style harkens back to between 2000 and 1000 BCE, if not earlier. There is little precise agreeement among archaeologists as to dates. Two apparent dogs and snakes accompany the human forms, whose solid bodies contrast with fine decoarion superimposed in white dots. The slight angle of the anthropomorphs here and elsewhere lends an ethereal aspect to these entities.

About the Artist
(1947)
William Frej is an award-winning 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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