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Monday, August 20, 2012

Tuesdays with (Memento) Mori

Interior art for Psychosis #1

Cain's Legacy II

Cain's Legacy
I have a bit of fixated thought about death and I visit, just about daily, the Wikipedia listings of notable persons who've passed away that day. As I am posting tonight, I notice Facebook is suggesting as a friend request a gentleman at work who died a couple of months ago. A gem of a person and lost in the prime of life.  The same thing happens on LinkedIn.  I am urged to connect with people who I know are no longer with us.  Do I want to connect with them?  Yes, but not quite yet...

So, I am often pondering our eventual end and it creeps into my artwork, which often features skulls. I also enjoy tid-bits and art pieces that have skulls and skeletons. My most recent purchase, an action figure from Revoltech based one of the skeletal warriors designed by Ray Harryhausen for Jason and the Argonauts (1957) is something I have coveted for some time. I was just in my art studio and looked around at all the skulls in plain view, whether in my artwork or in toys and pictures, and you have to wonder "what's up with this guy?"

I think the skull is a powerful item to feature in art. I was lucky enough to see a Jim Dine exhibit in the mid-80's in Dallas, I believe, and he had some very memorable drawings which left an abiding impression with me. Recently I attended an M.C. Escher exhibition at the New Britain Museum of America Art which left me transcended. One of my favorites of Escher's is the skull embedded in the pupil of an eye at super close up view.

M.C. Escher

Jim Dine

I hope you enjoy some of my art featuring: Skulls!

Final Frontier copyright 2002

Untitled Skull

Comments welcome.

Wikipedia Deaths in 2012


Justin Tiemeyer said...

I used to check that Wikipedia death list on the daily. There was a time when I would edit the page to include my death and see how long it would take for them to take it down. I would be a famous philosopher or bowler or world leader, and I would die from being trampled by cattle or complications from an eyesore.

I like your art, dude. Do you mostly do paid commissions or is a lot of this just whatever you want for no purpose whatsoever?

Randall Ensley said...
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Randall Ensley said...

Hi Justin,
Thanks for your comments about my art. Most of my art is interior illustration for pulp-style science fiction magazines and self-commissioned work. I am getting into some day-of -the-dead themed art and King Kong and Star Wars tributes. Randall

September 20, 2012 10:50 PM

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