Skulls by Ali Gulec: Collage and Graphic Works Combine Symbols of Life and Death

Jungle Skull - Art by Ali Gulec

Ali Gulec‘s art prints use the recurring motif of skulls in pieces that I find both haunting and beautiful. Gulec uses digital collage to create themed skulls from many smaller images. Several of these use pictures of flowers and plants, while others use jungle wildlife and vintage illustrated vignettes. Home Taping is Dead uses pieces of broken plastic cassettes. I like the way the skull, a symbol of death, contrasts with the floral elements that are a symbol of life. Some of these pieces remind me of the sugar skulls, or calavera, used in the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday.

In Room Skull, Gulec creates an optical illusion where the skull is suggested by the tones and placement of objects in another picture. This picture is of a creepy, gothic room, where two black cats sit on a table in front of a window. In another work, a 3-D skull appears to rise from a strong patterned background. Splash Skull shows a skull on top of a body in a suit, with a raven on his shoulder, and a red orb erupting from the top of the skull.

Gulec is an illustrator from Istanbul, Turkey, where he also runs the Ikiiki Design Studio.

You may also be interested in this Geometric Candy Skull by Davies Babies or this Sugar Skull by Yetiland.

Skull 2 - Art by Ali Gulec

Skull 2


Floral Skull - Art by Ali Gulec

Floral Skull


Floral Skull 2 - Art by Ali Gulec

Floral Skull 2


Vintage Skull - Art by Ali Gulec

Vintage Skull


Jungle Skull - Art by Ali Gulec

Jungle Skull


Home Taping is Dead - Art by Ali Gulec

Home Taping is Dead


Room Skull - Art by Ali Gulec

Room Skull


Skull 4 - Art by Ali Gulec

Skull 4


Splash Skull - Art by Ali Gulec

Splash Skull

Tom is a writer, artist, and multi-media guru from Pennsylvania, U.S. He holds a Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication, but he has also taken several university-level courses in fine arts, art appreciation, graphic design, printmaking, and Asian art. He has been blogging for Monde Mosaic since February 2014.

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