Blue Skull Floating in Empty Red Space

Blue skull floating in empty red space, surreal artwork by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Blue Shell. Blue descriptively, and shell as a metaphor for skulls in general.

This is a heavily modified version of a previous black and white work I did called Shell Game. As well as adding bright colors, I made this skull float, in line with my predilection for surrealism.

Actually, making skulls float seems to be something I’m drawn to often. I find the concept amusing, and I get lots of satisfaction introducing a bit of levity (so to speak) into what can be quite a dark subject.

I’m at the point where straight representations of skulls, which I’ve done quite a few of, are of less interest. Now I’m looking to have more fun with the subject.

(Clearly how playful people find skull imagery will vary—I guess most find them horrific regardless.)

There’s also a black and white version named Black Shell.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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