The Skulls of Joe Murtagh

The Skulls of Joe Murtagh

London born Joe Murtagh started drawing at a very young age. Inspired by Looney Tune cartoons, Joe used to watch them with his Dad then draw the characters to impress him. Delighted with his family’s response he continued to draw everything he saw, including family members, comics, album covers, television stars, movie stars, pop stars……from then on Joe(…)

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The Ultimate Iron Maiden Cover Art Collection

The Ultimate Iron Maiden Cover Art Collection

Besides being one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, Iron Maiden are perhaps best known for their iconic artwork featuring skeleton-like mascot Eddie (aka Eddie the Head). Formed in 1975, the band has released some 37 albums since then, all of which have had impressive cover art featuring Eddie in one guise(…)

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Super Mario Skulls

Super Mario Skulls

Artist Tobias Wüstefeld created these sculptures of Super Mario levels on top of animal skulls for the 8 Bit Art Show.   These are another great example of a recent trend in which skulls are being used as a sort of topographic landscape to hold other objects.  See, for example, the work of Jeremy Fisher and Frodo Mikkelsen.(…)

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Felt Vanitas

Felt Vanitas

These felt skulls are hand-made by Gianfranco Setzu. In Italy in the 16th century, during the Renaissance, it was in fashion to be portrayed with a skull in the picture, or hang on walls still-life paintings that had a skull placed among the fruits. They were VANITAS i.e. representations of the transience of life; developing this(…)

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