Our archaeological art takes its inspiration from artefacts found in Orkney. Each one is a unique piece, made by archaeologist Chris Gee.
In the long summer evenings, when it hardly gets dark at all here in Orkney, you will often find Chris in his garden overlooking the archipelago, where he is chipping away at another stone. He finds delight in recreating Stone Age art using their tools and methods. And like them, he carefully selects local stone, with beautiful colours and patterns. In this way, he makes Neolithic ceremonial maces, stone axes, carved stone balls, enigmatic carved stone objects, and beautifully patterned sandstone which he sometimes colours with hematite and other natural dyes. It is awe-inspiring to think that his hands are recreating the same movements that someone right here in Orkney did more than five thousand years ago.
Below, you will find a video showing Chris at work, and more details about each piece of art.
Creating carved stone art
Christopher is a native of Orkney, and has since he was very young had a deep love for the archaeology of his islands. There is nothing he loves more than taking long and very slow walks through the landscape, letting the land speak to him about what it looked like in days long ago.
When not creating archaeological art, Christopher works for Orkney College’s archaeology team, and has been involved in many big and small excavations, including Smerquoy Neolithic settlement (read his blog here), where they found Orkney’s oldest piece of art, and of course the famous Ness of Brodgar led by Nick Card.
Making a Carved Stone Ball
Individual pieces of art
Below, you will find photos and descriptions of each piece of art. Chris’s artwork is for sale, and you can find details of how to purchase individual pieces below. Please contact us if you wish to discuss a personal commission (firstname.lastname@example.org).