A Halloween Treat

Hedi Xandt, The God Of The Grove, 2013.
gold-plated brass, polymer, distressed black finish, marble.
Courtesy of Hedi Xandt.

Apart from an opportunity to dress up as something terrifying or macabre, Halloween is also a time to remember the deceased. Death, as the inevitable fate of every human, has inspired art since the beginning of history. In tune with the holiday spirit, I have brought together a selection of my favourite artworks featuring the most ancient symbol of death: the human skull. From pop-art to fine art, and from graphic design to fashion, here are some ingenious takes on the skull and its symbolism.

Hedi Xandt, The God Of The Grove, 2013. (detail)
gold-plated brass, polymer, distressed black finish, marble.
Courtesy of Hedi Xandt.

Hedi Xandt, The Longer You Last III, 2013
translucent red plastic cast of an 18th century skull with coated black nails, custom-made plastic fixture (in aluminum paint).
Courtesy of Hedi Xandt.

Paul Koudounaris, St.Valentinus in Waldsassen.
The image is featured in the ”Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs” book by Thames and Hudson.
Courtesy of Paul Koudounaris.

Skull evolution by Charis Tsevis.
Mosaic illustration of a human skull for May 2011 cover of Discover magazine.
Courtesy of Charis Tsevis and Discover Magazine.

Scott Campbell’s Skulls made of US Currency.

Scott Campbell’s Skulls made of US Currency.

Aeroskull by Jarre Technologies.

‘Michaels Guide To Life” personal project by Michael Pharaoh.

Histoires Naturelles by Juliette Bates.

Ever Magazine August 2012 “She Has Waited Too Long” featuring Clémentine Lévy photographed by Pauline Darley.
Make up : MademoiselleMu / Hair : Sophie Haise / Stylist : Valeriane Dousse & Clémentine Lévy.

Skull drawing by Tom French.

Skull Sugar by Snow Violent.
Prototype maker: DR.HC.
Photographer: Olesya Turchuk.

Jolly Roger armchair by Fabio Novembre for Gufram.

TILL DEATH DO US PART by Magnus Gjoen.
Limited Edition Print.

KAWS, COMPANION (ORIGINALFAKE), 2011
Fiberglass and rubberized paint; grey colorway; 96 x 48 x 36 inches
Installation view at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2013.
Image courtesy of PAFA.

Gary James McQueen
The Womens’ SS’09 show invitation and the front cover of Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty Exhibition Catalogue (Metropolitan Museum of Art).
Photo of Alexaner McQueen taken by Gary James and Chrome Skull created again by Gary James using Photoshop.
Courtesy of Gary James McQueen.

Cocaine by Alexis Marcou.

Damien Hirst, The Anatomy of an Angel, 2008 (detail).
Carrara marble, Sculpture
1870 x 980 x 785 mm | 73.6 x 38.6 x 30.9 in | Edition of 3 (indoor version)
Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

Rick Genest / Anatomy of Change, MUGLER F/W 2011-12.
Photo by Mariano Vivanco, styling Nicola Formichetti, photo retouch by Chris Roome of Happy Finish.
Courtesy of MUGLER.

Skull Bag by Aitor Throup.

Our Exquisite Corpse Huichol Black Skull Made Exclusively For LN-CC.

Our Exquisite Corpse Huichol Black Skull Made Exclusively For LN-CC. (detail).

Illustrated skull by Ali Gulec.

Paper skull by Helen Musselwhite.
photo © Helen Musselwhite and Boxbird Gallery.

Skull by HAROSHI
Used skateboards
8 5/8 × 5 1/8 × 6 3/4 in // 21.9 × 13 × 17.1 cm.
Courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery.
Photo by Taro Hirano / Pictureman Studio.

KATSUYO AOKI, Trolldom, 2012
Porcelain
24 3/5 × 18 1/10 × 4 3/5 in // 62 1/2 × 46 × 11 4/5 cm
Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery.

A real-size human skeleton made from pressed flowers by creative director Mari Nishimura

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