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Death, or a Murder of Crows by juliancallos Death, or a Murder of Crows by juliancallos
Ink and acrylic on paper
14" x 22"

My senior project explores the many different nature symbols that people from cultures all over the world used to represent universal themes such as death, power, and wisdom. I was interested to discover just how important a role nature played in the mythologies, folklores, and traditions of these various cultures. As I researched the symbols I was fascinated by how the seemingly arbitrary plants and animals came to be associated with certain ideas in always interesting and sometimes surprising ways.

All pieces are framed and were done in ink and acrylic on paper (with deckled edges). They're going to be part of a ten-person show in June at Gallery 1988 SF. Can't wait!
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Given 2009-08-05
"A wonderful & stunning painting with quite the cool, unique, & inspired concept behind it, as well as a lovely & wild style full of energy, a perfect mixture of macabre imagery & light quirkiness, a perfect use of faded colors & textures, & several awesome details from the Dia de los Muertos skull to the twisted bouquet pushing everything but daisies..." Death, or a Murder of Crows by ~juliancallos The whole series is finely executed, go see for yourselves! ( Suggested by SlyDante and Featured by stigmatattoo )
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MessiFan18 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely beautiful!
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DragonflyStreetArt Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love it!
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Chibi-chin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
very Grim Fandango :) awesome work!
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KeatonsGhost Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Absolutely marvelous. Your style is killer and the themes are after my own heart. The kind of painting I want to frame and hang on my wall so I can stare at it forever.

:heart::heart::heart:
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XombieDoll Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm extremely happy to stumble upon this because I wanted to know who the artist was behind this piece. I actually have a Tshirt that has this printed on it that I found.
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GDJace Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My sister has had this as her desktop wallpaper for a year and I could never figure out who did it. I love it.
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Butterflielove Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
this is awesome! :D
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RollingCherry Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Filmographer
So nice.
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Downt Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Wow. The symbolism in this is breathtaking and so very effective with such gorgeous visuals.
Thank you for sharing your talents here.
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Downt Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
Wow. The symbolism in this is breathtaking and so very effective with such gorgeous visuals.
Thank you for sharing your talents here.
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J-Works Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I :+fav: this awhile go, it came up as one of my random favorites today.

Just had to say it's still amazing
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ElementChaosu Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
so tell me about that symbols i see here
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kumokoi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
This would make a beautiful print.
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mirlo0midori Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Student Artist
realmente me gusto mucho como retomaste el tema!!!
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Lorro Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009
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Don't have any words... this is... fuckin' WOW!!
Respect...
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2009
Lovely - congrats!
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Ady-MUM Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the skull is a mexican sugar skull
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CherryBlossom006 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
woww this looks very symbolic!!
congrats!!! :+fav:
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esc-ed Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Love it :worship:
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HuanBao Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So many complicated themes executed so beautifully! I see life/death, beauty/hideousness, pain/happiness...Wow. Love the movement, the colors, the perspective [how there are crows in front!], and the contrast in this piece!

Just wondering, why the plaque with the butterfly?
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WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a wonderful combination of colour, shapes, and symbols. The radiation of events around the skeletal figure draw the eye up and around the entire picture. I also like the negative space of the feathers in the top left hand corner.
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all-akimbo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
makes me think of dia de los muertos
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Littlemisspunkygoth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Writer
Love it, like others have said: 'instant fave'.
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Cat34215 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i love it.
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purplerose Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Photographer
Amazing and deep on so many levels.
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hokuto Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
So beautiful and thought-provoking - I adore the style. :heart:
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BigxBadxWorld Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
I
Just
Holy

:o I can't seem to come up with the right words to describe this piece. It's great work; all of the pieces fit together seamlessly. Excellent!

Congratulations on the DD! :clap:

:+fav:
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J-Works Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Filmographer
this is one of those pieces that you just have to love every aspect of. Amazing job
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous. wonderful colors and powerful graphic elements. i like the reference to Dia de los Muertos in the painted skull. joyful, painful, beautiful and sad all at once.
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Amber1010 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
I like it a lot. My eyes don't know where to look.
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liat1508 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow.great painting.
it can be awesome tattoo:P
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shiko-chanXD Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
nice! even it's skull I think picture is very cute :)
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Lupilstinskin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
WOW!!! me encanta! realmente muy muy muy buena imagen...

GREAT WORK!
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Chuppiee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
This is.. WOW! Cool! TTuTT
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mikeycd Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
yay Mexico!!
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mandingoesque Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist
whatttt! great work
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pinksuger Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Freakin cooooool!
reminded me of salad fingers dont ask why :) could be the crows.....

awesome work
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midgetonstilts Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely love the work you did here. Very expressive. Great work!
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Veronika1111 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
really nice work
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bloody-x-core Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
El dia de los muertos! I love that kind of art
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wendystolyarov Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I adore it! It reminds me very much of Grim Fandango, the LucasArts adventure game -- the way the undead are killed in that game, they're "planted" -- since bones make good fertilizer. But they sprout flowers all over, and it reminds me so much of this! :)
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MachinesBleedToo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing- I love how surreal it is, and the patterns on the skull are really fascinating to look at.
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Dalai-Shiva Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
I LOVE IT!
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Takiouttio Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goddddd, I can't express in words how great this issssssssssss
holy crap wow.
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JenCamacho Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
I love it, instant fave ;)
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rociobelindamendez Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
Amazing!
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boum Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009  Professional Filmographer
That's so perfect in every way.
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chocolateisgood Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Writer
Love it! And congrats on the show :)
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ChynaDolly Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
fab :)
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awwhoneybear Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Writer
wow. ive never seen anything like this before!
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