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The Book of Skulls Paperback – September 7, 2011

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About the Author

Faye Dowling is a freelance editor, curator and art buyer specializing in photography, illustration, design, and contemporary visual culture. She has worked for magazines including Dazed & Confused, Varoom, Frieze, Eye, Edit and Pictured.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (September 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697002
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a great book!
I bought this item as a gift. Contains a lot of illustrations (very creatives in general), with very good quality. I'm very happy with my book
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I wasn't disappointed. Skulls seem to permeate the fabric of our society today. I see them on tee shirts every day on the high school campus where I teach. My students are going to love having this in our library.
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A friend of mine bought this book locally from a book store, and even without looking at it myself, I knew I had to have it! It is very cool! It is a lot smaller than I had imagined, but it packs a punch! It is very interesting!
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Got this for someone as a birthday present and they loved it. Not a boring gift like a scarf or gift card.

This item certainly isn't for everyone but it makes a great gift if the situation is appropriate.
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This was a gift for my son who's a sketch artist. He really likes the art work and will use it for inspiration. I found it really interesting to leaf through. Truly unique work pictured in this book.
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Bound with a coptic-stitch and printed on card stock, this book is a piece of art in itself. Dowling collects more than one hundred fifty artistic renderings of the skull, ranging from actual skulls to abstract representations. She includes artists such as Shepard Fairey, Mouse and Kelley for the Grateful Dead, Frank Sadilek of the the Hells Angels, editorial illustrator Noma Bar, and graffiti artist Chaz Bojorquez.

Traditional mediums used include oils, ink, photography, sculpture, clothing, and jewelry. Other artists produce skull tattoos, screen printing, quilting, lace, stickers, skateboards, and graffiti. While each artist depicts skulls differently, these images create an awareness of death’s constant presence. For some, skulls are seen as a way of differentiating oneself from mainstream society, as in Goth, skate, and gang cultures. For others, skulls show the universality of life and death that we face as individuals and collectively.

Dowling weaves together these brilliantly crisp images with background information regarding the Mexican Day of the Dead, the Renaissance theme of vanitas, and the skull as musical iconography. A beautifully collected and presented piece, The Book of Skulls gives us a fascinating look at the allure of our humanity in its purest form.

Reviewed by Kerry Lindgren
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A great collage of various styles of skulls produced in differing art forms. A great gift for an artist for sure!
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By areema on November 27, 2011
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i saw this book at urban outfitters and wanted to buy it, but i decided to wait and look for it online since it would probably be cheaper. if you like skulls, then you will love this book.
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