Ian Anderson for Stellafly

Welcome to the Sugar Skull page! To be fair though, they are not true sugar skulls, they are calaveras. Owing to the fact that they are a stone and resin composite skulls that have been inspired by sugar skulls.IMG_9748 Where as real sugar skulls are made of, sugar, of course. As well as being quite a bit smaller. These  palm of the hand sized skulls allow for more elaborate designs. I started these skulls in 2013 as a way to move through the grief of the passing of my mother and grandfather. They were also a way of honoring my ancestors.

This very personal series has turned into something much bigger though. In 2013, I was invited to show my skull as a part of an annual Dia de los Muertos art show at the Richard App Gallery. The skulls were met with an amazingly positive response, and several sold the first night of the show. I’m excited to announce that I have been invited back for this years show!

As a result of last years series, I was also commissioned to paint a few animal skulls. Which has inspired me to include some animal skulls in this years show as well. I will be painting four deer skulls.

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In addition to animal skull commissions, I also paint dedication skulls, for permanent home alters or remembrance. Please contact me if you are interested in commissioning a skull for a departed loved one or an animal skull.

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