Hand-Embroided Skulls By Phil Davison
I was strolling through the Moniker Art Fair a couple of months ago on the lookout for something new, skulls-related of course, something I had never seen before. About half way through the art show I spotted a shining neon pink skull print and as I wandered over to take a closer look I was left speechless by the work on display.
I am referring to the incredible needlework of Phil Davison who creates incredibly detailed hand-embroidered pieces of spectacular skull art. With some pieces taking up to 8 months, and 80,000 hand stitches to complete, it’s a wonder he even had time to exhibit at the Show. Its exactly this dedication to precision and detail, acquired over a decade of working in couture fashion, which drives his evolution of the craft into the world of fine art.
“As grotesque and morbid as it seems, there is something intrinsically beautiful and enthralling about the skull. Referred to as “the temple of the soul” by da Vinci, the skull contains ones hopes, dreams, fears and every aspect of what it is to be human, and that which makes each person unique.” Phil Davison
Phil Davison’s embroidered skulls are sold as original pieces. The artwork commands a higher cost than your average embroidery items but when seen in the flesh they pack-a-punch and have that wow factor we all demand. I know I shouldn’t compare the artwork vs price vs hours spent but when you do it works out as an absolute steal. The good news is that Phil also produces beautiful and detailed prints of the work which make it easier for those looking to obtain something a bit more affordable but very pleasing to the eye.
The good news is that Phil also produces beautiful prints of the work which make it easier for those looking to obtain something a bit more affordable but still very pleasing to the eye.
Another note I wanted to add was that Phil is really down to earth and came across as a really nice guy, which is refreshing in an industry full of pretenders. I am also hoping that he reads this and signs up to sell his extraordinary work in our new(ish) shop. Only time will tell (no pressure Phil!).