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Drawings and prints for The Caveman's Dictionary, Neo-Lithic Neon, Bronze Age Beauty
"The Archives of the Museum of Pre-History" consists of all works on paper , prints and drawings, and is the core of research for ancient signs and symbols that become the "artifacts" or "restorations" of ancient objects that make up the collection of the"Museum of Pre-History".

1"Entablatures of the Sun and Moon"

The nine "Entablatures of the Sun" on the left are balanced with the nine "Entablatures of the Moon"on the right. The three neon "Stones of the Sun and Moon" are the core for bringing together these astrological male and female symbols. The "Entablatures" represent the third age of man known as "Bronze Age Beauty" in the Museum.

Phase 2 of Monument to the Cosmic Serpent

Installation view #4 This artifact, acquired by The Museum in 2013, represents 3000 years of neolithic symbols found on sites in Brittany, France. Phase 2 restores the site of Gavrinis, dating from 3000 to 2500 BC

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Installation of "The Stones of Morbihan", Delaware Contemporary, 2016. Prints and neon constructions from the age of "Neo-Lithic Neon" from the Museum of Pre-history.

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About Quentin

Quentin Moseley has been on the faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art since 1974, as a member of the Printmaking Department. He has been chair of the Printmaking Department, the Foundation Department, and has been Coordinator of Health and Safety at MICA. He received his MFA in 1972 from The Hoffberger School of Painting and BFA from Syracuse School of Art in 1970. The “Museum of Pre-History” is the context through which the artist appropriates ancient Paleolithic, Neolithic, and Bronze Age... more

The Museum of Pre-History Installation Time Lapse

A quick time lapse video of the installation of "The Museum of Pre-History" at the Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Maryland, August 2013. The Museum contains many artifacts restored by artist Quentin Moseley for the three major collections of the museum: "The Caveman's Dictionary", "Neolithic Neon", and "Bronze Age Beauty".
Video/Editing/Installation Crew:
Olivia Moseley
Lucas Haroldson
Jack Rust
Sid Young
Julia Rivera
Jason Mulan

Caveman Constructions

Each of these artifact/restorations comprising "Caveman Constructions" comes from one of several bodies of work (excavations or digs) comprising the paleolithic collection of The Museum of Pre-History known as "The Caveman's Dictionary".

"The Caveman's Dictionary" consists of: Caveman Story Stones, Caveman Codex Stones, The Power of Three Stones, Paleo- Couples, and others.

  • Equinox

    from series "Neolithic Nudes" acrylic on wood construction with neon 1994 artifact: 44x50"x11" crate: 51x54x14
  • Equinox

    from series "Neolithic Nudes" acrylic on wood construction with neon 50"x44"x11" 1994 (photo taken with ambient light)
  • Power of the Bull

    from series "Caveman Story Stones" acrylic on wood construction 2004 artifact: 40x46x6 crate: 44x48x10
  • Signs from Comanna

    acrylic and veneer on wood construction 1994 49"x32"x8"
  • Original Odalisque

    from series : "Neolithic Nudes" acrylic on wood with neon construction 1994 45"x45"x6" (photo taken with ambient light)
  • Original Odalisque

    from series : "Neolithic Nudes" acrylic on wood with neon construction 1994 artifact: 45"x45"x6" crate: 51x44x10
  • Five Charms for Female Magic

    (two birds, two hermaphrodites, and a death stick) from "Caveman Codex Stones" acrylic on wood construction artifact: 35x43x5 crate: 43x48x10"
  • Five Charms for Male Magic

    from "Caveman Codex Stones" Acrylic on wood construction Artifact: 38"x38"x5" Storage Crate: 51"x48"x10"
  • Blood and Milk

    from "Caveman Story Stones" acrylic on wood construction 2004 artifact: 54x42x7 crate: 51x54x14
  • The Original Blue Nude

    (Reclining Woman with man, horse, smirking auroche, and tool for The Bringing Together) from series "Caveman Story Stones" acrylic on wood construction 2010 artifact: 53"x38"x5" storage crate: 63"x48"x10"

Caveman Drawings

Each of the "Caveman Drawings" supports research for the restorations of the "Caveman Constructions" and are called collectively "The Caveman's Dictionary".

"The Caveman's Dictionary" consists of:
Dig #1: Caveman Story Stones,
Dig #2: Caveman Codex Stones,
Dig #3: Title Stones for "The Caveman's Dictionary"
Dig #4: The Power of Three Together Stones,
Dig #5: The Original Caveman Murals
Dig #6: The Power of Two Together (Paleo-Couples)
Dig #7: The Wall of Mostly Female Figures
Dig #8: The Wall of Mostly Male Figures

Each of the drawing series has three to nine variations to elaborate the subjects of the Museum's excavations or digs.

  • Three Mojo Sticks Standing

    charcoal, pastel collage 23" 34" approx. 2010 From: Dig #4: Power of the Three (or More) Stones
  • Two Mojo Sticks Working

    charcoal, pastel collage 26"x 34" approx. 2010 From: Dig #4: Power of the Three (or More) Stones
  • Dancing with The Owl Sticks

    charcoal, pastel collage 32"x32" approx. 2010 From: Dig #4: Power of the Three (or More) Stones
  • Green Neo Venus

    Green Neolithic Venus with Stick of Gathering, Polished Stone Tools with sign for Fertility and Union. From: Dig #1, Story Stones from The Caveman's Dictionary 24"x34" approx charcoal, acrylic ink 2010
  • Five Magic Tools

    Five Magic Tools for Gathering with Euglenatic Hermaphrodites and Sleeping Bull From: Dig #1, Story Stones from The Caveman's Dictionary 24"x34" approx charcoal, acrylic ink 2010
  • White Odalisque

    White Odalisque of the Turning Buck and Begging Rabbit Mojo Stick From: Dig #1, Story Stones from The Caveman's Dictionary 24"x34" approx charcoal, acrylic ink 2010
  • Blue Venus

    Blue Venus of Winter with Bison and Buck and Three Strange Mammoths From: Dig #1, Story Stones from The Caveman's Dictionary 24"x34" approx charcoal, acrylic ink 2010
  • Magic Hands

    Magic Hands with Herd of Deer, French Tickler, and Other Erotic Devices From: Dig #1, Story Stones from The Caveman's Dictionary 24"x34" approx charcoal, acrylic ink 2010
  • Batons de Commandment

    14 Batons de Commandment decorated with Male and Female Figures acrylic ink and charcoal collage approx 28"x40" 2010
  • Venus Figures

    "14 Venus Figures of all Shapes, Sized for Equality" from: Dig #2, Codex Stones of the Caveman's Dictionary 28"x42" charcoal and acrylic ink 2010

Neolithic Neon (The Stones of Morbihan)

These artifact restorations are based on visits to the ancient menhirs and dolmens of Brittany, some of the oldest megalithic sites in Europe dating from 4500 BC. Many of these sites surround the Gulf of Morbihan, where the amazing site of Gavrinis resides on an island in the middle of the Gulf.

The series is called collectively, "The Stones of Morbihan" or descriptively: Neolithic Neon

  • Mane er Hroeck (Shadow Stone)

    Excavation Series: The Stones of Morbihon Acrylic on wood construction with neon 1999 33"x44"x6" approx
  • Mane Lud (Gathering Stone)

    Excavation Series: The Stones of Morbihon Acrylic on wood construction with neon 1999 33"x44"x6" approx
  • Le Manio Sous Terre

    Excavation Series: The Stones of Morbihon Acrylic on wood construction with neon 1999 33"x44"x6" approx
  • Le Manio Sous Terre

    Excavation Series: The Stones of Morbihon Acrylic on wood construction with neon 1999 33"x44"x6" approx
  • Mane Rutual (Protector Stone)

    Excavation Series: The Stones of Morbihon Acrylic on wood construction with neon 1999 33"x44"x6" approx (photo with ambient light)
  • mane rutual (Protector Stone)

    Excavation Series: The Stones of Morbihon Acrylic on wood construction with neon 1999 33"x44"x6" approx
  • Installation view: Stones

    Exhibition entitled "Stones" Loyola University, Baltimore 2001 including prints, drawings, and neon constructions
  • Gavrinis (Stone #18)

    Excavation Series: The Stones of Morbihon Acrylic on wood construction with neon 1999 33"x44"x6" approx
  • Mane Roullarde (Oracle Stone)

    Excavation Series: The Stones of Morbihon Acrylic on wood construction with neon 1999 33"x44"x6" approx

Neolithic Monuments

All of the images in this excavation,
reference the positioning of an upright megalithic stone (menhir)
with an upright sculptural form referencing a figure
on a base platform or plinth.

Neolithic Prints

Several series of Neolithic Prints have supported the research for Neolithic Neon.

These include:

Relief Prints: "The Stones of Morbihan", "The Stones of Gavrinis, "The Monument of Morbihan"
Collagraph Prints: "The Menhirs of Morbihan"

  • Gavrinis II

    from series "Gavrinis", one of six images, edition of 3 each 11"x14", relief print, Oil on paper
  • Gavrinis I

    from series "Gavrinis", one of six images, edition of 3 each 11"x14", relief print, Oil on paper
  • Monument of Morbihan II

    from a series of 6 relief prints, edition of 10 11"x14", oil on paper
  • Monument of Morbihan I

    from a series of 6 relief prints, edition of 10 11"x14", oil on paper
  • Petit Mont II

    Stone with Ax 11"x14", collagraph, edition 6 , oil on paper
  • Petit Mont I

    Stone with Feet 11"x14", collagraph, edition 6 , oil on paper
  • Mane Rutual (Protector Stone)

    Soul form with Plow and Baton relief print 22"x30", oil on paper, Edition of 3
  • Pierre Plattes (Cosmic Tree)

    Soul form as Cosmic Tree relief print 22"x30", oil on paper, Edition of 3
  • Pierre Plattes 4

    Soul Forms (Mother and Child) 11"x14", collagraph, edition 6 , oil on paper
  • Petit Mont III

    Serpent Vessel with Soul Forms 11"x14", collagraph, edition 6 , oil on paper

"Baltimore Gateway": commission for Light City, Baltimore, Maryland 2016

"Gateway Baltimore", a slow moving animated neon mural installation was commissioned by and developed for Light City Baltimore, 2016......the first international light art festival of the city.
This piece was created out of a modular system of 6' sticks and 4' circles of neon to bring together a frieze of neon that speaks of change and unity and bringing together......a metaphor for Baltimore itself as it searches for new definitions of working for a united front in dealing with the challenges we confront together.
The structure and neon components of this mural can be re-arranged into any configuration the artist chooses for re-installation, preferably on the parapets of high rooftops of buildings that can be viewed from great distance, inviting one to the location for close-up viewing.
Compare this installation to other animated neon projects/murals in the "Night Drawing" section.....many installeded in Baltimore, as well as other cities.

Night Drawing

During the 1980s these large scale, outdoor public art pieces were temporarily installed under the name of "Night Drawing".
They started as an undergraduate design project at Syracuse (1969) with a modular system of 6' sticks of yellow neon and some 24" red squares.
The largest piece to date was two 8'x100' animated murals in multi colors on either side of the 26th story of a building in Miami.
Night Drawings were temporarily installed in Philadelphia, Portland Maine, Memphis Tennessee, Miami Florida and many in Baltimore, MD.

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    Still shot (time detail) of "Gateway Baltimore", modular neon animated mural at Pier 4, Pratt Street, Baltimore for Light City Baltimore, 2016.
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    "Gateway Baltimore", Light City Baltimore 2016. Time detail of animated modular neon frieze, installed at Pier 4, Pratt Street. Front view from Partt Street
  • Night Dragon

    8'x50' animated abstract image suggesting a fire breathing dragon, honoring Phaladelphia's China Town, a few blocks away
  • Alex's Neon

    North and Charles, Baltimore, Md
  • Neon for Monument Square

    Installed on 1 City Center, Portland, Maine. 2006
  • Cosmic Candy

    Fox Building, Md. Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD. 1986
  • Mt. Royal Neon

    One night stand for the Opening of a faculty Exhibit. All moving with an animated chase system

Day Sign/ Night Sign

These constructions and prints relate to the shapes and action of the large scale animated neon "Night Drawings" of the same time period.
The smaller scale allowed the exploration of a number of different references for the forms that were of interest at the time.

Organic Persona

These constructions and neons fused figure and landscape references, thus the title of the series "Organic Persona". They take on classical names, as the gods and goddesses communicated their emotions, good and bad, through the weather of the landscape.

  • Ariel

    acrylic on wood, 18"x18" approx.
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    acrylic on wood, 18"x18" approx.
  • Talos

    acrylic on wood, 18"x18" approx.
  • Opuntia's Daughter

    acrylic on wood, 18"x18" approx.
  • Opuntia's Daughter

    acrylic on wood with neon, 36"x44" approx
  • Ariel

    acrylic on wood with neon, 44"x48" approx
  • Talos

    acrylic on wood with neon, 32"x44" approx
  • Endymion

    acrylic on wood with neon, 32"x44" approx

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