a cornucopia of crania!!,
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This review is from: Skullface (Hardcover)
Well, Korero Books have done it again with yet another gem of a book! Skullface is a veritable feast for the eyes, incorporating many recognisable artists, and some perhaps not so . . . . in here, we have vibrant satirical works by Ron English, the vaguely sinister images of Tara McPherson, Laurie Lipton's astonishingly detailed pencil work, sadly,only one of Travis Louie's gently alarming 'photographic' studies, the grotesque characters of Jonathan Bergeron (aka Johnny Crap)'s world, the weird juxtaposition of Alex Garcia's art and the stark black and white graphics of Mike Giant. Stunning images also by Angry Blue, Hydro 74, Brian Morris, Jeral Tidwell, some beautiful sketches by Craww, richly coloured oil paintings by Travis Franklin, a selection of genuinly eerie oils by Saratoga Sake, doll's head skulls by Shawn Barber . . . . the choice seems endless; in fact this really is the kind of book that I wish was larger in content - or Skullface volume 2 perhaps . . . ? (But why no works by Sylvia Ji included . . . . .?)
There is much in here that truly celebrates the diversity of lowbrow, tattoo & kustom artists, together with contemporary painters & illustrators from around the globe. There is also a brief but informative introduction, outlining the basic history of the skull in art, culture & history throughout the ages. Great stuff indeed!
The book itself: Again, top marks to Korero for taking the time to ensure that this volume is well published - cloth bound & silver-stamped on the spine, with a glossy dust jacket, the title & roses embossed in silver and red respectively. The printing is on a satin-like paper that does not reflect light too much, so makes the images easily viewable.
A worthy addition to any lover of contemporary/macabre art's bookshelves!