It’s the end of 2013 and it’s been a very exciting year for us here at Skull & Heart. We started the year with our 1st birthday, which in itself seems like a huge accomplishment, as we were very uncertain if we would even make it to the end of 2012! We had just started the print series and were a little unsure of where things would go, or if we’d even have enough interest in what we were doing to make it through 2013. But here we are, heading into 2014 in a more exciting place than this time last year, and for this we owe a huge thank you to all of our artists, friends, family and of course S&H fans.
Skull & Heart started out as an idea at the end of 2011 after a huge discussion about the occasional lack of appreciation and representation of certain styles of artwork in the British art scene, and we wanted to create a place that promoted and nurtured artists, regardless of their style, clients, or popularity, but we didn’t just want to have a blog – we wanted something tangible, that could potentially grow into something bigger and that could be used as a means to connect the artist with the public.
One of the things we wanted to really get behind was affordable art, and so we decided to direct and create a print series that not only looked incredible, was designed by some of the best artists out there, be created at the highest standard possible but that could involve everyone in terms of the price, and to do this we decided to start a screen print series.
The series was based around two artists creating a piece for S&H using just two colours at a limited run of 50, to be sold for £30 each. We wanted to create artwork that highlighted talent, creativity and artistry. In an age where it is often so easy to buy cheap prints at a sub standard quality, we felt this print series could help remind people of the importance of owning, purchasing and being involved with original art and thinking of it as something that was worth having on their wall. We set out with a mission to use established artists along side new and emerging talent, juxtaposing styles so that we could, in a sense, bring together different artistic worlds to appreciate the artwork for what it is, and perhaps open them to new people and styles that they may not have thought to look at before.
We finalised the colour series at the end of 2013 after 6 colour series prints (12 prints in total) featuring the artwork of British and International artists; Dan Mumford, William Exley, David Bray, Brian Ewing, Drew Millward, Muxxi, Tim mcDonagh, Tom J Newell, Palehorse, Mr Gauky, Iain Macarthur and Richard Minino (AKA Horsebites). We have been privileged and honoured to have worked with not only some of the most talented artists of today, but with some of the nicest people you could ever hope to have on your side, and we’re excited to have them as part of the S&H family.
So where does this leave us for 2014? All I can say is some exciting things are on the way. We know where we want to be headed and we’re going to do all we can to make sure we get there. Make sure you keep an eye on the site and all social networking for updates, but until then, we want to say a massive thank you for your continuing support.
Art Director at Skull & Heart