Skull Art

Jafabrit is at it again, she has come up with some wonderful paintings of skulls, click the skull below to see more on her blog.

It reminds me a bit of the Damien Hirst skull which sold for $100m.
You never know maybe someone will pay that much for  Jafabrit’s, I much prefer hers though it is so much more artistic and from the comments she has received it looks like it has also been very inspiring to others.   Keep up the good work!
If you want to read more about the Hirst skull look no further:

Dead valuable … For the Love of God, by Damien Hirst. (AFP: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd)

A diamond-encrusted skull by British artist Damien Hirst sold on Thursday for $US100 million ($123 million), a record price for work sold by a living artist, a London gallery announced.

The work, entitled ‘For the Love of God’, is a skull cast in platinum and encrusted with 8,601 diamonds. Carbon dating has shown that the original skull on which Hirst’s work is modelled dates to the 18th century.

Hirst remains best known for earlier conceptual works in which creatures including a shark and a cow were pickled in formaldehyde inside glass tanks.

The diamond-encrusted skull was sold to an group of anonymous investors, a spokeswoman for the White Cube gallery in London, where it has been on display from the beginning of the summer, told AFP.

Death is one of the central themes in works completed by Hirst, 41, who once said that the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States were like a work of art, but later apologised.

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Damien Hirst, go away!

Last night I switched on my TV to a programme called Imagine. A programme about contemporary art, and how it is selling for more than some of the masters these days. Well, rubbish is what I said, the show presenter, Alan Yentob, proceeded to by a piece of wood painted red for £3,500, and it was literally a piece of wood painted red. Hell, there was a doorway which looked like part of the exhibition space because it was an open doorway. on sale for £5,000.

How the hell I am ever going to make a living from art when I just can`t come up with ideas like that? I might as well just crap on the canvas and call it something. That’s been done though. 🙂 Damien Hirst, he is another one, how can you sell something for millions of pounds which looks like a high school project, aaargh, it makes, me so angry. I am struggling away and trying to get people to notice me and it just doesn’t happen. I think I need to do something really meaningless and just say “hey, it’s art”.

Anyway, it is my plan to start a new art movement called “The Painters of the 21st Century, Who Paint” Anyone want to join, drop me a comment.

Damien Hirst

”Art is like medicine – it can heal. Yet I’ve always been amazed at how many people believe in medicine but don’t believe in art, without questioning either.” – Damien Hirst

Born in 1965 in Bristol, Damien Hirst grew up in Leeds and subsequently went to Goldsmith’s College in London. Between 1988 and 1990 he curated a series of art exhibitions by his contemporaries including the highly acclaimed group shows Freeze, Modern Medicine and Gambler.

In his own art Damien Hirst has continually challenged the boundaries between art, science, the media and popular culture. A 12-foot tiger shark, a cow and her calf sawn in two, pharmacy bottles, house paint poured onto spinning canvases, spot paintings, cigarette butts, medicine cabinets, office furniture, medical instruments, butterflies and tropical fish are just some of the means Damien Hirst employs to communicate his unflinching view of the ambiguity at the heart of human experience. Damien Hirst has said ”I am going to die and I want to live forever. I can’t escape the fact, and I can’t let go of the desire.”

Spin

Damien Hirst original limited edition prints, drawings and paintings continue to increase in popularity, demand and price. In 2004 his Pharmacy sale at Sothebys was expected to make o3 million GBP but instead recorded sales of o11 million GBP. There is no doubt that Damien Hirst is destined to continue his number one position in the British art market and has recently been compared to Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso in terms of popularity and rising prices.

Last Supper

Much of his Damien Hirst prints can be divided into three areas: Spots, Spins and Pharmaceutical. His spot etchings and lambda prints such as Valium, Opium, LSD, Methaphetamine, Tetrahydracannabinol and Cineole lull the viewer into an optimistic and peaceful state. Hirst spin etchings, In a Spin, the Action of the World on Things (Volumes I and II) created by using spinning plates, etching tools, brushes and acid mesmerise the onlooker. His pharmaceutical prints, especially the Last Supper portfolio draws upon the parallels of art and medicine as ”healers’. The metaphoric title distances the onlooker from the art to a point but also seems suggestive, perhaps also including the biblical fact of St Matthew the disciple as a physician – or indeed St Damien the Doctor (usually iconographically depicted with St Cosmas).

Making Beautiful Drawings

Damien Hirst has had exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the world. In 1994 Hirst received the DAAD fellowship in Berlin and the Turner Prize in 1995.The Marble Palace at the Russian State Museum, Llubljana made a solo exhibition of Hirst’s drawings in 2003 as part of the 25th International Graphic Biennale. In 2004, Damien Hirst collaborated with Sarah Lucas and Angus Fairhurst on an exhibition of recent works entitled In-a-Gadda-da-Vida at Tate Britain and presented a survey of key works from 1989-2004 at the Museo Nazionale Archaeologico de Naples.