Tom French & Ivstan Orosz

29/7/12 – Tom French & Ivstan Orosz use the skull as an art form. 

Top image: Tom French, Bottom Image: Ivstan Orosz 

The other day, I received a comment on my blog in regards to the works of Tom French. The comment also suggested that Ivstan Orosz’s work is similar to French’s black and white skulls. In one of my previous posts, I have discussed Ivstan Orosz’s work in reference to the Gallery Diabolus. Orosz is an artist who examines the image of the skull through different shapes and compositions.

Orosz has used the human form for the actual shape of the skull, which is also composed with everyday objects. Tom French also uses the skull as an art form, which also features similarities to Orosz’s designs and illustrations.

Tom French also has a blog, which documents recent artworks and work in progress through photographs, text as well as YouTube videos. The blog has also identified the artist’s interest for the image of the skull, which is composed with bold brush strokes, tones and shades.

French has also emphasised the shape of the skull through the male and the female psyche, which has provided a very unique perspective of death or mortality. The bold brush strokes have created a dramatic composition with the dark under tones, which also questions the relationship between life and death.

The dark backdrop is also used to project the visual elements, such as tone, shade, colour and texture, which all provide a realistic representation of the skull. In comparison to Orosz’s work, which features very fine or delicate detail, French uses very bold colours, brush strokes and compositions in order to create a figurative image of the skull through a close emphasis to the human body.

There is a strong composition between the use of black and white, which intensifies the actual shape of the skull compared to Orosz’s skulls. Orosz’s work features a juxtaposition between grey and white, which differentiates from French’s dark or figurative skulls. Both artists have used the skull as a form of creative expression through illustration and design, which may invite the audience to view the skull as an art piece rather than an image of death.

Tom French Blog, 29/7/12)

Gallery Diabolus, “CV, Istvan Orosz”, Gallery Diabolus, (Accessed 27/7/12)

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