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 of ethnographic art representing traditional non-Western cultures
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. Skull’s practices elevate the status of the domestic and trade skills, challenging History of Art’s misguided distribution of certain techniques across the categories of ‘high’ and ‘low’ art.
Works from top: Grand Bleu, 2011; Lux Interior III, 2006, Mister Smith, 2006