Afterlife; Assembly – Pink Skulls

Afterlife; Assembly – Pink Skulls


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SIZE: 100cm x 80cm
MEDIUM: Oil paint on canvas
DATE: 2016

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SKU: MP00317 Categories: , Tags: ,


This is one of 4 pink skull paintings in the series. I painted these pink skulls after a visit to the Sedlec Ossuary in Czech Republic.


The story goes, in the 15th century a half blind monk was given the task of dealing with the 40,000 human remains from the most popular grave yard in central Europe. He used the bones creatively to decorate a crypt. When I visited the crypt it made a lasting impression on me. The energy of the place was so sympathetic and honoured the dead in such a beautiful manner. I found when painting each skull, that it was like painting a portrait, defining each furrow and brow, which gave a suggestion of a face or personality of a life once lived. I deliberately used pink to make the subject more softer, more palatable. Lots of people think of skulls as symbolising death but when I worked at the osteopaths, they taught me that skulls are about structure, they keep our brains in and thus are a positive thing. So these skull paintings are really just another celebration of life! I think they would suit someone who values an alternative lifestyle.

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Weight4 kg
Dimensions120 × 100 × 15 cm


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