Thursday, May 12, 2011

Momento Mori-new painting by David Gough

Yes, I know I said I wouldn't be painting any more skulls, but with the end of the world looming on May 21st, it seems as good a time as any to trot out some good old fashioned Gothic fire and brimstone.
Actually, I wish I could take complete credit for realizing this piece, except I must come clean and tell you that it was painted verbatim from a photo of a marble sculpture I've been storing on my hard drive for a while. I'm presuming the sculpture is medieval, possibly by some unknown artist since a general search has garnered little, but if somebody out there has the knowledge, I'd be only too happy to revise the piece with the obligatory post 'after...'

Whoever the artist was, I think the original work is beautiful and is typical of the kind of artifact that you see in European churches and mausoleums everywhere, conveying how adept even the most anonymous taskmaster was at one time.

As an exercise in aesthetics there is none better.

Like doomsday, the Alternative Cafe show is pending, and it was lovely to see this photo on Facebook this morning, of preparations for the show. That's Osmosis sharing wall space with a Chris Mars I believe.

Talk about a party like its 1999.


  1. Wow I loved how you took that reference photo and made it into something of your own. I love the picture it's very macabre and creepy.

  2. Thank you Shelley,macabre and creepy is my creative default:)