This Skull illustration is by Raf The Might and was found on his Facebook page – TOO MANY SKULLS.
For the person who has everything this life-sized 24 karat golden skull is the perfect gift. At a whopping $2200 this skull will definitely burn a large whole in anyone’s pocket, well maybe not anyone but you get the picture. The skull is available for purchase from Eduardo Garza’s online shop and is signed by the artist too. I’m not one who is impressed by fancy shit like nice watches or jewellery but I absolutely love this!
We love it when our fellow skull lovers send us their skulls. This post will feature a variety of skulls sent in by you – keep ‘em coming and we’ll keep posting the best and coolest skulls from around the world.
Third Eye Test Skull art by Martin Herbert
Death: A Self Portrait is an exhibition currently on show at the Welcome Collection in London and is from a collection of works from Richard Harris.
The exhibition has been running since November and will be closing its doors on the 24th February 2013 – I suggest going to see it; it’s free and full of skulls (not to forget loads of interesting information and history). See here for more details on Death: A Self Portrait.
The exhibition is one of the best that I have been too and contains a fantastically diverse collection of skulls, skeletons and anatomical art. The collection has been put together by Richard Harris and was inspired by anatomy in art, skulls and also death.
The collection comprises of around 1500 artworks and historical artefacts relating to death and Richard Harris started this collection in 2000 and is still collection works today. Harris has said: “As I get older the thought of my own demise has begun to enter my conscious thoughts. The universality of ‘Death,’ with the realisation that we will all die, encouraged me to begin the conversation of my mortality visually, rather than reading about it.”
You can see an interview below where he talks about the collection:
Just like Richard Harris, the exhibition also got me thinking of my own death – where will my skull be in a hundred years and what would I have done with it to not only enrich my life but also the lives of others.
All this time I have been drawn to skulls as objects for artistic expression but they are more than that. They represent our mortality, our life, past and present, and our imminent death. Initially when we started this blog posting skulls daily it was for enjoyment and to share our passion with you, but it’s more than that, it’s about celebrating life and death every day.
My favourite piece at the exhibition was this huge skull, Calavera from the Mondongo Collective (Argentina), plasticine on board, 2011; which is three-dimensional and and stands about 4 ft tall (rough guess). I have included the description from the Welcome Collection’s website below.
Calavera, Mondongo Collective (Argentina), plasticine on board, 2011
Argentinian collective Mondongo (the word for a traditional Argentinian tripe stew) assemble everyday things into irreverent three-dimensional collages. In this work, the economic and cultural dominance of Europe and the USA (represented by neoclassical architecture and Western literature) is seen to have radical consequences for South America (evoked by the villa miseria or shanty towns that are found close to Argentina’s largest cities). Copyright Mondongo Collective
Get on down to the Welcome Collection and explore death before it’s too late.
As well as being skull lovers on SAS, we are also skull fiends over at Mr Four Fingers (our illustration conduit). Here are a few pieces we left in the streets of London recently. These are part of a bigger Left and Found series where we leave original pieces strewn about in public areas.
We tend to create these ‘pieces’ on substrates that we have found in the streets. I guess it’s some form up upcyling. I these curved slices of MDF found by a bin somewhere. There are another two that ended up being gifts (I know I know) that I will try get pictures of at some point.
Jirat Patradoon is an Australian artist/illustrator/graphic designer. His skull-based graphic art is bold, colourful, very striking and is a take on the ‘stoic nature of macho pop culture,’ which is a quote taken directly from Jirat’s website. He creates character-styled visual art of fictional worlds using borrowed imagery and his unique style. I have been wanting to blog about these glorious skull-based works for ages but wanted to give it the attention it deserves. He has a variety of work from posters through to art-installations and including fashion design – I’ve included a leather jacket he designed with a monster skull on the back.
Some of the images below, are my favourite of the lot are gifs, which remind me of scenes from Drive – I can’t quite place them so if you recognise them then leave a comment below. I love the way he has made them to be bright and colourful and yet the scenes themselves are dark and sinister. Enjoy!
This skull-based illusration, and coloured with acrylic, is titled Dracula and has been created by Beatriz Martin Vidal.