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"Skull Study n1" is a continuation of David Galán’s evocative Memento Mori series, yet it carves its own niche as a vibrant study on a traditional artist canvas board measuring 30.5 cm by 30.5 cm. Galán, in his pursuit to blend classical themes with contemporary visions, has drawn inspiration from the long-standing tradition of vanitas in art history. This piece invites the viewer to confront the beauty and transience of life juxtaposed against the timeless certainty of death.

At the heart of this work is the stark, unembellished skull—a universal emblem of mortality. Galán's meticulous strokes and the use of graphite pencil on canvas impart a raw and tangible texture that is almost palpable, representing the bare reality that lies beneath our daily façade.

The juxtaposition of the serious subject with a backdrop of whimsical, polka-dotted joy encourages a contemplative yet celebratory examination of existence. Viewers are prompted to feel a sense of connection to the shared journey of life, reflecting on its vibrancy and inescapability of its end. The festive background serves as a reminder to cherish the colorful moments, to find joy amidst the certainty of life’s cycle.

The choice of a square canvas for this study is intentional, providing a window-like perspective that frames the skull in a manner that is intimate and almost confrontational. Galán has selected this medium and style to evoke introspection—through the tangible feel of pencil on canvas, he invites us to literally 'touch' upon the themes of life and mortality.

"Skull Study n1" is not just a work of art; it is a meditative piece designed to engage the viewer in the essential dialogue of what it means to be alive. As an essential part of Galán's Memento Mori series, it is a profound narrative, rendered intimately through the tactile experience of its creation. This artwork is an invitation to appreciate the fleeting beauty that each day holds and to acknowledge the common destiny that we all share.


Original Mix Technique Painting.

One of a kind artwork.

Acrylic, spray paint, glazing, Posca markers, graphite.
Signed, dated and title on the back.
Size 12" x 12"  30.5 cm x 30.5 cm
Arteza Classic canvas panel. 100% cotton

8oz (280g/m2) primed. Primed with Acid-free acrylic titanium gesso.

4oz (105g/m2) unprimed. Board core made of Acid-free recycled paper.


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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