The Skulls of Magnus Gjoen

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I found Magnus Gjoen’s work on the Hang Up Gallery’s website. I love the simplicity in his presentation – a beautifully detailed object floating on a stark and lifeless backdrop. The focus is all on the piece, with no distractions around the central piece.

I visited Magnus’ website and thought the about section tied his work and vision together nicely so decided to share it. Extract taken from his biography section: “Magnus Gjoen’s prints examines how to change peoples relationship and preconceived notions of objects. It’s this misconception of beauty which Magnus Gjoen wants us to see in a different light, being it weapons, animals or the human race itself. The latter which is capable of creating immense beauty but also capable of destroying it all. Taking inspiration from street and pop art and juxtapositioning it with fine art, he creates new and modern takes on old masterpieces or manipulates something powerful and strong into something fragile but beautiful. He often questions the correlation between religion, war, beauty & destruction in his art.”


Jewelled Skull Sculptures by Virginia the Wolf

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Eye-catching hand-painted and hand embellished real racka ram skull with glass rhinestones

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Beautiful hand painted and hand embellished real ram skull with acrylic pearls and 24k gold leaf

red deer skull

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These incredible skull sculptures are the creations by Virginia the Wolf. They are all 100% real, ethically sourced, are have been decorate in gold leaf, rhinestones and acrylic pearls. I wish that when I die my skull can be decorated in a such a beautiful manner, instead being of covered in worms or burnt to ashes. Virginia the Wolf was another one of the artists from our skull art exhibition and their decorative skulls certainly made an impact!

Their skull sculptures are now available in the online shop which can be viewed here.

More Skulls by Lauren Baker

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Lauren Baker, a london-based contemporary multidisciplinary artist from London, exhibiting internationally across the USA and Europe, and has been quoted as the ‘Queen of Skulls’ by Vogue Magazine. And we have to agree! Her collection of skulls is vast as it is beautiful and we were lucky enough to work with her for Celebrabis Vitae, our recent skull art exhibition. Lauren was an absolute joy to work with and I hope we see more of her here at the Skull Appreciation Society.

This selection of skulls is now available from our online skull shop, and we ship worldwide. See her work here.

This extract was taken from her website: “Her recent work explores light, space, the after-life and other dimensions. She’s created installations at Tate Britain, directed the windows of Selfridges and her sculptures sell in Harrods. Passionate about animals and conservation, Lauren is an ambassador for Save Wild Tigers. Her artwork has raised over £50k for charity.

Renowned for her work using reflective material – including the world’s first infinity mirror coffin at Tate Britain, a 7-ft mirrored geometric ‘Portal to another dimension’ commissioned by Clerkenwell Design Week, and 100 mirror eyes in the trees at Unknown Festival, Croatia.”

Violet Bond’s Colourful Cow Skulls

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Name of piece: Violet’s Triangle Cow
Type: Original Sculpture
Materials: Skull & paint
Price: £325
Size: 60x55cm
Catalogue Number: VBCOW1-14
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Artist Name: Violet Bond
Name of piece: Violet’s Flowery Cow Skull
Type: Original Sculpture
Materials: Skull & paint
Price: £300
Size: 50x40cm
Catalogue Number: VBCOW2-14
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Violet Bond is an Australian-born artist and sculptor who sources a variety of skulls from her native Maningrida and then transforms them into beautiful and colourful sculptures. Each cow skull has been found in nature and is ethically sourced, meaning no animals were harmed to bring you this beautiful work.


Decorated Animal Skulls Available from Child of Wild

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One thing we will never get bored of as dedicated skull fanatics is the sight of decorated animal skulls or immaculate carvings.

These particular skulls are available through Child of Wild. They are a brand that have a store full of amazing jewelry that often have some form of cultural relevance or a past life.

The Skull with the dragon carving is from our favourite skull carvers over in Bali. These guys and gals are the masters.

Originally found on Re Fashion

Death by Dodkin – Mosaic Skulls

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I’m not entirely sure what the term ‘Death by Dodkin’ means (surname?) but what I am sure of is the superb array of amazing mosaic skulls in the Dodkin gallery.

These mosaic skulls were created by Jaclyn, originally from Melbourne Australia, who showed an early childhood fascination for mosaics. Many years later she purchased a longhorn skull and covered it with glass tiles and so the obsession began!

Jaclyn works mainly with Roe Deer skulls now and a whole stash of Swarovski crystals.

Artist Announcement – Lauren Baker – Celebrabis Vitae


Lauren Baker, a multi-media London-based artist, is the first sculptor to join the illustrious list of artists who are taking part in the skull show we cannot, and will not, stop speaking about – Celebrabris Vitae.

I saw some of Lauren’s animal skull pieces in one of her solo shows and I can confess, she does things with swarovski crystals that would confuse and challenge your mind. I can’t wait to see what Lauren brings to the party, apart from her amazing self, and we are looking forward to working with her on this exciting project. 

This piece features 2 eagles skulls, which have been beautifully decorated and the expertly photographed.

Mosaic Skulls by Kate Sutcliffe

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There is something quite alluring about an animal skull, even more so when it’s adorned with mosaic styled designs. This kind of adornment reminds of bygone era where humans were dressed in jewels and beautiful clothes, only to be buried in them. This time however there is no burying and we get to admire the beauty.

These two wonderful bejeweled animal skulls were created by Kate Sutcliffe Mosaics and are available to buy from her online Etsy store.

Macaw Skull by Mr Four Fingers

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This latest Macaw Skull creation by Mr Four Fingers has been created for an upcoming exhibition called ‘ZOO’. So at least on of their two submissions has to be a skull. A very large bird skull.

As you can tell by the title this bird skull is based on a Gold and Blue Macaw, hence the stylised plumage background. The skull was hand drawn with extra fine dip pen (outlined with brush) and indian ink. The background was created by filling in each section with a thin layer of water into which blue ink was dropped. Light blue copic marker was applied, followed by some mare hatching. Process shots here.

This Macaw Skull piece measures 50cmx70cm and is available as a framed original for £230. It is currently collection only, so if you are in London then make sure to visit the Hanbury Arms Pub to check it out, come this Friday the 11th July and we may even buy you a pint.

Follow this link for more information about the ‘ZOO’ exhibition, curated by Mr Gresty.



Skull Faced Caterpillar

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I was looking for a different sort of skull faced caterpillar today when I stumbled across this gorgeous looking creature. Say hello to the Skull Faced caterpillar of the Australian rainforest.

This is the larva of the Pink Underwing Moth, an endangered species which lives in the sub-tropical rainforests of Australia’s New South Wales and Queensland. As you would have guessed, these markings were developed to ward off potential predators. The first thing you notice is the yellow ringed eyes followed by white markings reminiscent of white teeth, hence the naming.

Photos and information via The Ark in Space – A compendium of creatures.

Memento Skull Jewellery Series by Sirkel

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Sirkel is a Johannesburg-based jewellery designer who loves creating beautiful skull jewellery. I’m partial to the creatives coming out of Jozi as that’s my hometown and I miss that lekker vibe :) So happy to spread the word and hopefully help them become a raging success.

We’ve featured Sirkel’s hipster skull before and after spotting that bad-ass skull we knew we had to get her in our skull shop! Sirkel’s Memento series features a variety of animal and human skull pieces, made from silver, yellow and red gold, so proper quality merchandise. The jewellery is shipped from South Africa and they post WorldWide so don’t let the distance stop you from becoming a customer.

To visit Sirkel’s profile in our Skull Shop simply follow this well constructed link. There are loads more skulls there!

Re-constructing a Hake Fish Skull

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The diversity shown in a fish skull is remarkable and just downright pretty to look at. When I say ‘skull’  I include the whole head area as the fish head/skull is made from various components.

I never really thought about what a fish skull would look like before construction. I figured it was a few linked pieces stuck together. Not at all. So if you were or are good at model plane buidling then give this a go.

Images found on Skulls, Bones and Fish Soup blog

Set of Two Pastel Goth Decoupage Animal Skulls

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I never even knew there was a term ‘Pastel Goth’ until I found these two decoupage animal skulls. These two skulls, a deer and a raccoon, are creations by 2 Flying Frisbys and were originally sourced from a local hunter.

These animal skulls were first processed to remove the flesh, an all natural process without the use of harsh chemicals. The decorations were achieved by creating decorated paper and cutting into small pieces for decoupage. There are also other elements like feathers, crystals and designs from old books. Suffice to say there is much more going on than first meets the eye. I think these would look great box mounted individually sourrounded amongst white freathers.

These decoupage animal skulls are for sale at £76.42 and only one is available (that means the two as a set). Ships form louisiana USA.

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Steampunk Bear Skull by Miss Monster

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Another great looking skulll design from Miss Monster. Though this time instead of a werewolf skull bandana it’s only a fricken steampunk bear skull! I have a fascination with steam punk, not with regards to wearing any costumes but rather the creations they come up with. Aged metal parts and skulls make for a wicked combo.

Originally found on Boing Boing