Day of the Dead Horseman

“Since seeing an exhibition celebrating the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ at the (sadly defunct) Museum of Mankind about 15 years ago, I have been fascinated at the way skeletons could be used in such gay, colourful and outright fun imagery - far removed from that of Edgar Allan Poe and those corny Hammer Horror flicks of my childhood. The images and sculptures from that exhibition stuck in my memory and became a fixation for me and one of the thrills of finally being able to visit the actual country where those celebrations took place.

I was in Mexico recently working at a mosaic factory in Cuernavaca. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be there for the Day of the Dead Festival, which takes place at the beginning of November, but I was able to collect some imagery and figurines connected with it – which became the inspiration for these mosaics.

I hope that they make you laugh and that you can enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.”


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  • images
  • country
  • mexican
  • memory
  • sculptures
  • dead
  • colourful
  • day
  • horror
  • gay
  • years
  • place
  • fun
  • inspiration
  • working
  • festival
  • edgar
  • poe
  • mosaics
  • mexico
  • skeletons
  • museum

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90 x 120 cm
Mexican Smalti & Italian Millefiori on Board
9 Years ago

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Startled Pheasant
martin cheek



288 works in mixed mediaglass

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member for 9 Years


Broadstairs United Kingdom
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