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Happy Halloween! Enjoy These Depictions of Skulls

  • Collin van der Sluijs - The last party, 2018
October 31, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Halloween, Hallowe’en, Allhalloween, All Hallow’s Eve, All Saints’ Eve, All Souls’ Day – these are all different names for that one night of the year when we like to get scared. Taking place in a number of countries all around the world on October 31st, Halloween is a time of the year dedicated to remembering the dead.

However, the celebration’s connection with All Souls’ Day has mostly fallen by the wayside, and a number of new secular traditions have developed. An important part of popular culture, Halloween is now inseparable from costume parties, trick-or-treating, scary stories and houses decorated with jack-o’-lanterns.

If you’d like to mark Halloween with an appropriate artwork, we bring you a selection of nine skull pieces to choose from!

Featured images: Collin van der Sluijs – The last party (detail), 2018. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Klone - Untitled, 2017

Klone - Untitled

Ukraine-born and Tel Aviv-based, Klone explores the concept of “home” in his works. Integrating more complex traditions of art history into his work, he uses a range of characters, symbols, and regional iconography which is aimed at providing a bridge to communicate, connecting with the observers with their primal feeling.

Created with spray and acrylic on paper, this piece from 2017 explores the combinations available to us with and also outside of a given discourse of belonging.

See more info about the work here.

  • Romain Langlois - Jericho Mask (Masque de Jericho), 2014

Romain Langlois - Jericho Mask (Masque de Jericho)

Through his intriguing sculptures, Romain Langlois questions our perception of both what we see and what we know. Working mostly with bronze for it perenniality and the vibrational quality, he aims to lock and reveal placed emotions. Often stretched, his sculptures pull apart the natural objects that surround us, revealing the inner energy harnessed by his chosen materials.

Using bronze and neodymium, Langlois created a sculpture which references the Jericho skull. Highly polished, the skull appears golden with glints of light. The material of neodymium attracts the magnetic force which modifies the aspect of the skull.

See more info about the work here.

  • Collin van der Sluijs - The last party, 2018

Collin van der Sluijs - The last party

A Ditch illustrator Collin van der Sluijs translate personal pleasures and struggles in daily life into a unique visual language. Exploring our lives, but also society at large, he forged unique and instantly recognizable aesthetics.

The work The Last Party is executed in the artist’s distinct gritty urban color palette, in a style which resembles both Monet and Basquiat. In this piece, the artist explores the cycle of life.

See more info about the work here.

  • Bradley Theodore - Skull XXX, 2017

Bradley Theodore - Skull XXX

Bradley Theodore is best known for colorful and impressionistic paintings of fashion icons and designers, seeing fashion as an expression of one’s identity. Using skeletons as his subjects, he explores the real human nature, folklore and symbolism. In this way, the artist highlights that under our attire, it’s the same flash and bones.

The piece Skull XXX from 2017 mimics the style of Mexican folk art. The main focus of the work is depth, structure, and essence.

See more info about the work here.

  • Frederic Garnier - All Around the World I

Frederic Garnier - All Around the World I

Through his work, the artist Frédéric Garnier raises questions on the human existence through mediums such as sculpture, installation, photo, video and drawings. He explores what we collectively refer to as “after” and what survives us. Using materials of our time, he anchors his art objects in our period.

A contemporary take on memento mori, the work All Around the World I crystallizes intimate and universal questionings of the humankind.

See more info about the work here.

  • Matt Siren - Transformer Mask #1, 2018

Matt Siren - Transformer Mask #1

The American street artist and illustrator, Matt Siren is best known for his signature Ghost Girl image. Influenced by 80s pop culture, he combines elements from graffiti, cartoons and video games. His most recognizable creation, Ghost Girl combines his love for video games and female form.

The counter icon of Ghost Girl is the hyper-masculine Transformer Mask. It is a cartoon image which the artist recreated as his own.

See more info about the work here.

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat - Placeholder Untitled II (Suite of 4 works) ,1982
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat - Placeholder Untitled II (Suite of 4 works) ,1982
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat - Placeholder Untitled II (Suite of 4 works) ,1982
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat - Placeholder Untitled II (Suite of 4 works) ,1982

Jean-Michel Basquiat - Placeholder Untitled II (Suite of 4 works)

During his short but prolific life, Jean-Michel Basquiat created a formidable output that turned him into a real icon for new generations. Exploring a range of social themes, he created a compelling body of work with a remarkable impact and permanency. Artistically alluring and imbued with a deeper meaning, his works brought to the forefront many of the dualities of the time.

This Untitled II Suite is comprised of works Cabeza, Charles the First, Jawbone of An Ass and Rome Pays Off. All of the artist’s favorites which he kept for his personal collection, these works were created between 1982 and 1984.

See more info about the work here.

  • Anthony Lister - Ghost Rider, 2018

Anthony Lister - Ghost Rider, 2018

One of the most influential Australian contemporary artists, Anthony Lister is best known for his outstanding pop-surrealist graffiti, paintings, and installations that embody a fusion of highbrow and lowbrow culture. Transforming his endless imagination into an array of genres and styles, he has created a world inhabited with misguiding superheroes, masterful vamps, and alluring ballet dancers

Mixes media and acrylic on canvas, Ghost Rider from 2o18 is executed in the artist’s scratchy, scrawling, expressive form of deeply seductive figurative style.

See more info about the work here.

  • Carsten Witte - AmandaSkull#1

Carsten Witte - AmandaSkull#1

A renowned photographer mostly working in black and white, Carsten Witte creates works which are mystery plays that create an ambiguous effect in the viewer. One of the main ideas behind his work is the belief that everything is constantly changing but photography can preserve the moment.

In the work AmandaSkull#1, this idea comes to life. It shows an attractive face with marks of decaying skin and skulls. In this way, the artist created a stunning contrast between the soft, beautiful portrait and the harsh skeletal overlay which obscures it.

See more info about the work here.