Skull Bookshelves Formed with Everyday Items

As many artists know, 'vanitas' can be defined as a type of symbolic art, often including symbols like skulls, rotten fruit, hourglasses, and other items related to the brevity of life and the certainty of death. Talk about a downer! However, London-based artist James Hopkins' series Vanitas is quite a clever, modern take on this still life genre.

The artist uses everyday items like books, clocks, guitars, mirrors, and wine glasses to form the suggestion of a skull head across a row of six bookshelves. Like we've seen in his previous work, the artist plays with the ideas of illusion and perspective, encouraging his viewers to take a step back to get a good look at the form he has created. It sounds crazy, but these symbols of morbidity are so incredibly original that they actually appear quite upbeat and approachable. Though the name suggests otherwise, I think the version entitled Wasted Youth–which uses items like a disco ball, beer bottles, a lava lamp, and a stereo–seems like quite the fun party!

Regardless of the message that you find in this collection of abstract skulls, Hopkins says, "I don't want people to think of these works as being negative or morbid–in fact, they should be read as a celebration of life."

James Hopkins' website
via [My Eclectic Depiction of Life]

December 3, 2016

Artist Completes Gigantic Pen & Ink Drawing After 3.5 Years

From great pain often comes great artwork. Such is the case with Manabu Ikeda‘s monumental Rebirth, a 13′ x 10′ masterpiece that the artist toiled over for 3.5 years, working 10 hours a day. It’s Ikeda’s largest work to date and is the Japanese artist’s response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Read Article

December 2, 2016

Sexy French Farmers Pose for Shirtless 2017 Calendar

Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2017 edition: French farmers.

Read Article

Get Our Weekly Newsletter