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Original painting on A3 size woodboard. One of a kind. Signed and titled at the front and the back. Unframed.


"Memento Mori 4.0" is a striking embodiment of the eternal dialogue between power and fragility, life's grandeur and the finality of death. This artwork, harmoniously composed on an A3 wood panel, showcases the artist’s continued fascination with the symbolic skull, here crowned and elevated, challenging the viewer to reflect on the transient nature of authority and prestige.

Inspired by the inevitability that unites all humanity, Galán invites us to ponder the ultimate equality of death through this crowned skull. The regal symbol atop the skull is not merely a marker of status but a reminder that all, regardless of rank, share the same mortal fate. This piece serves as a profound commentary on the fleeting nature of earthly triumphs against the backdrop of time's relentless march.

Viewers are meant to be stirred by a complex blend of emotions—awe at the majesty of life represented by the crown, and humility before the certainty of death symbolized by the skull. Galán’s work encourages a deep contemplation of our own lives, our aspirations, and the legacies we strive to leave behind.

The mediums chosen—acrylic, gesso, glue, glazing medium, gold paint, and graphite pencil—are employed with masterful precision to create a textured, multidimensional effect. The use of graphite lends a raw, skeletal honesty to the skull, while the opulent gold paint and glazing medium provide a stark contrast, hinting at the dichotomy between life's luxuries and the stark reality awaiting us all.

In style, "Memento Mori 4.0" melds the abstract with the figurative, the contemporary with the eternal, providing a visually rich tableau that captures the eye and engages the soul. It is a testament to Galán's ability to intertwine traditional memento mori themes with a fresh, vibrant aesthetic that resonates with modern sensibilities.

This piece, and the entire "Memento Mori" series, presents a compelling invitation to embrace the moment, to recognize the value in every second, and to find beauty even in the solemn reminders of our own mortality. It is an exceptional work for both new admirers and long-time collectors, offering an enduring narrative that is as timeless as it is timely.


Important notes

  • All the artworks are signed, titled, and dated on the back
  • You will receive a Certificate of Authenticity dated and signed, to grant the uniqueness of the artwork


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