Old (Dead) Masters
Old (Dead) Masters are my tongue-in-cheek take on classical works of art. Not only do I enjoy copying beautiful paintings, I absolutely love putting skeletons in the places of the original figures. It makes me laugh. You can’t laugh too much in this world, and who would have thought that skeleton faces could be so expressive?
I learn new things every time I copy a famous work and this is knowledge that I use in the pieces that come later. My aim is to be faithful to the original works but I am after an authentic feeling to the painting, rather than a stroke by stroke reproduction.
Old (Dead) Masters is a favorite theme of mine, so check back often for new work.
I love skellies because they’re fearless and free. When painting them I find that they take on a life of their own! If they make you laugh, then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. Life is short! Skellies are forever! Read more about how I got started with my skeleton art here.
Purchase an Old (Dead) Master of your very own!
Many skelly originals are available and you can email me about whichever you’re interested in. You can purchase from my Fine Art America shop, Etsy, or Signed Cards. If you’re in the area, stop by Art by Mary Case Gallery & Studio, Four Directions Alchemy, Ludington Area Center for the Arts, or Art on the Town in Pentwater. You can also find cards at Archway Framing in Atlantic Beach, Florida.