Black and White Decayed Skull With Serpent Body

Decayed skull with arched serpent body. Black and white surreal art by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Cranium Ophidian Ashen. The ashen part is to signify its black and whiteness.

I think the base photo was taken in the Natural History Museum of London. It’s difficult to keep track—I took as many skull photos as possible for a while. Despite that, I felt like I never had enough for what I was doing at the time, and occasionally resorted to public domain images, and even played around with computer generated ones.

But real ones always gave the best effect. Which is a conundrum because unsurprisingly finding real human skulls to photograph isn’t the easiest task.

There’s a color version of this named Cranium Ophidian.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available at my online shop. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper, canvases, and metal prints.

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