Jim Skull’s vocation
Jim Skull creates fascinating, intricate sculptures, inspired by his namesake. These elaborate forms are produced using a range of materials, from rope, to papier-maché, tea bags or string. Each become his medium to be appropriated and transformed.
He cites his inspiration as the strong cultural heritages of Africa, New Zealand, Asia, and Oceania. Ritual objects, historical relics and tribal symbols subtly weave their influence into his work.
He is clearly marked by his travels and encounters, with each piece telling an understated story of adventure and exploration. He goes to New Zealand, Vanuatu, Australia, India, and Hong-Kong. Back to Paris, he enteres Estienne School, then the Applied Arts School Olivier de Serres. In 1980, he creates his first skulls: his vocation has never left him.
A further reference is his interest in 1960’s psychedelic counterculture, Timothy Leary; a keyfigure from that time and generation has provided a range of inspiration for Jim Skull’s works.
Images courtesy of Jim Skull