Alexander McQueen - 'The Skull'

160cm x 230cm x 9cm

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BASSA creates striking, animated works on canvas that explore the vitality of both human and animal life. Using prestigious Italian Maimeri paints, BAASA’s works have a vivacious luminosity to them that can at times imbue the canvas with a sense of three-dimensionality. Eye-catching within any domestic or public space, the viewer has no choice but to be drawn into these arresting works of Pop Art.

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This is a painting of the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s Gold skull. I painted it in thick gold metallics to give him a defined third dimension and this image has become my most signature piece. The skull, of course, is a memento mori, a reminder of death and McQueen frequently juxtaposed the glamour of the catwalk with intimations of our coming doom. Skulls represent death and are a sharp reminder of our mortality. Nevertheless, they are much more than that, especially in the creative realm. They depict change and transformation while other cultures associate them with strength and even protection.

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Country of Origin: South Africa