Today we watched a slew of shark attack videos that got us thinking. More about the beautiful creature that is the shark of course. As you probably know, sharks skeletons are made form cartilage rather than bone making it part of the Chrondrichthyes family.
This fantastic 3D printed shark skull is based on a Great White and produced by Tinkerine. The design is available from Makerbot.
When we initially saw this skull we thought the teeth were delicately hand carved. As it turns out these teeth belong to a Crabeater seal. These ocean dwelling creatures are medium to large, slender, pale coloured and found one floating pack-ice in and around the Antarctic coast.
What’s even stranger is the fact that these Crabeater seals don’t even eat crabs. These sieve-like teeth actually assist in eating krill. A bony filter of sorts.
Read more about this fascinating creature on Wiki.
Michael Cox, a long time SAS fan and fellow skull appreciation expert, has been busy creating these beautiful skull sculptures from real animal skulls. Among his collection, which are for sale, are a raccoon and springbok (from SA!) which are rare when it comes to skulls. Nice one
Michael hails from the US of A and we love his work, especially the way he has captured these skulls is pretty incredible. I have seen, nearly everyday, just how hard it is to capture the beauty of a piece of art on camera or screen, so that you can enjoy it in its digital form, but it’s always going to be better in person.
One of the hardest things to achieve in life is to do something that you love and get paid for it. And that’s what I love about Kickstarter Projects – they make the impossible possible. It gives me great joy to share with you a fellow skull enthusiast and SAS artist – Virginia the Wolf. If you were able to come to our art exhibition last year then you would’ve remembered their work!
Virginia the Wolf needs some help and support to get to the next stage in their brand development – they urgently need some studio space so they can carry on creating the beautiful skulls they produce where they take pride in bringing art and science together through hand made ethically sourced bone jewellery and art sculptures.
They will be splitting the money between studio rental and bringing some skull beauty to a variety of UK festivals and markets.
When I initially saw this skull I though it was a fake Kaiju from Pacific Rim. Maybe even that big bastard from Avatar. This scary skull is far from fake and actually belongs to a Arsinoitherium. This was a massive elephant like herbivore that has been extinct for 27 – 36 million years. Yes, this was a real animal.
When they were flesh and blood they resembled a rhinoceros. The skull is far more sinister than the artist renderings of what the creature could have looked like.
The exquisite real animal skulls were painted by Violet Bond, Australian-based artist who lives in Maningrida on the coast of Arnhem Land in a remote Aboriginal community, in Northern Australia, where life can be harsh to those who experience the wrong side of the lands power. Art is Violets way to connect her life to the world.
She has always been fascinated with the ritual, spirituality, cultural expression and passion of people in association with death. I have always found the ‘western’ style of dealing with death, cold and unemotional. And yet cultures all over the world including the one that Violet lives in, have a connectedness, a shared pain and a love that one is never left to deal with alone.
One of our favourite forms of skull decoration definitely has to be the superb Balinese skull carvings. This time these carvings comes from the online gallery of Skull Bliss.
Skull Bliss has an assortment of amazing skull carvings ranging from cow skulls, buffalo skulls and ram skulls. Each are wonderfully hand carved with some nice photography showing each pieces amazing detail.
The prices for the cow skulls are some of best we have seen at about $179. The larger buffalo skulls are $350, ram skulls are $250-$290 and Horse skulls are $290.
We truly believe every home should have one of these amazing Balinese skull carvings.
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.”
Eye-catching hand-painted and hand embellished real racka ram skull with glass rhinestones
Beautiful hand painted and hand embellished real ram skull with acrylic pearls and 24k gold leaf
Hand-made black rhinestone studded with gold leaf design red deer skull
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!
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 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.”
Artist Name: Violet Bond
Name of piece: Violet’s Flowery Cow Skull
Type: Original Sculpture
Materials: Skull & paint
Catalogue Number: VBCOW2-14 BUY NOW – Visit the skull shop to buy now
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.