Petroglyph City

Steve Elmore Indian Art

“Petroglyph City: the Road to Modernism” is a museum-quality art installation of oil paintings by Steve Elmore. Steve Elmore created the 45 oil paintings over the last 25 years, so that a range of expression is displayed. The installation was curated by David Rasch, a former museum curator.


“Petroglyph City” creates an environment that connects the viewer to the past through the presentation of ancient symbols of graceful abstractions depicting flight and nature. With its varying wall colors and eleven panels of unique groupings of paintings, the installation is cheerful and uplifting. “I’m hoping to connect the beginnings of human consciousness with our present sensibilities,” says Elmore, “The installation celebrates our surviving the pandemic with its social isolation and reliance on virtual reality, and our rejoining the natural world and reclaiming our rightful place in time and space.”


Elmore’s work clearly connects his own New Mexico origins to the powerful symbols of the region’s ancient canyons. “Many of my paintings are influenced by Nampeyo’s abstract designs, or other Pueblo pottery themes. My work is a fusion of Native American art and prehistoric art with Modernism.”


A native of New Mexico, Steve Elmore has been painting in Santa Fe for 25 years in his unique Southwestern Expressionistic style. More information at:

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