Incredible Carved Skulls

Some artists use canvas, paper or even the side of a building. Gregory Raymond Halili however, opted to use one of earth’s most delicate materials – mother-of-pearl shells, to create an extraordinary skull series. Growing up in the Philippines, the artist was surrounded by incredible vegetation and wildlife, which he cites as one of the main inspirations for his work.


When Halili got his hands on mother-of-pearl shells, the artist knew he’d found the perfect medium for tackling his next project.


Using incredible skill, the artist created bas-relief shell skulls through delicate carvings and subtle oil paint accents.


The skull looks as if it is encased within the shell.





His work is on display at Silverlens Galleriesin Manila, as well as New York’s Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

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