The skull shells of Gregory Raymond Halili are just that – gorgeous, luminous, anatomically perfect human skulls carved and painted onto small shells. He uses oil paint on raw, gold-lip and black-lip Philippine mother-of-pearl oyster shells and the natural shape of the mollusks echo and complement perfectly the lines of a skull.
The new Morbid Anatomy Museum opens this weekend with a book release party on Saturday, April 26th. For seven years, Morbid Anatomy has seen thousands of visitors, both online and in their 300 square foot library in the Gowanus. The new museum space is a new 4,200 square foot non-profit institution dedicated to the exhibition of artifacts and ideas which fall between the cracks of high and low culture, art and science, beauty and death. Can’t get much cooler than that!
Heavenly Bodies Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
by Paul Koudounaris
In 1578 a labyrinth of underground burials was discovered in Rome that contained the remains of thousands of individuals assumed to be early Christian martyrs. The bones were disinterred and sent to many Catholic churches and religious houses in German-speaking Europe to replace holy relics that had been destroyed during the Protestant Reformation.
We’ve been entranced with Miriam Wosk’s art for years and years, her mixed media paintings and intricate collages are mesmerizingly beautiful and thought inspiring. Full of fabric textures, glistening gemstones, vintage flora and fauna, graceful skeletons and sumptuous color. So we highly recommend that you get out to see the retrospective exhibition - Abundance and Devotion, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, currently on view through April 20th, 2013.
I was raised in suburban Denver Colorado. My parents emphasized the need for a “useful” education because of their concern for monetary and domestic stability, which meant fields such as business or engineering. I obtained my degree in business (finance) and spent 27 years working at major financial institutions. My employer transferred me and my partner to Los Angeles, and then San Francisco. I returned to drawing and painting while working full time, and finally was able leave banking to pursue art full time in 2007. My studio is in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco.
Lachrymose Lace – Lipton Born in New York and very well traveled, Laurie Lipton currently lives in Los Angeles. She creates wonderfully detailed and super tight renderings of haunted Victorian scenarios. Working mostly in pencil, charcoal and etchings. Laurie’s surreal worlds contain …