Travis K. Schwab, also known as OrangeGrass, is an american self-taught artist from Pittsburgh, PA. “I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, but only started working with oil paint about four years ago.” He was reluctant to try and work in such a historic medium, feeling intimidated to approach something he could never master. But he has learned significantly from the greats artists like Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Ingres, Picasso and to more contemporary artists such as Freud, Fischl, Tuymans, and Doig. Please visit his website or follow his Tumblr for more work.
The 40,000 skeletons within Sedlec Ossuary (aka Kostnice Ossuary Beinhaus) in the Czech Republic welcome you, quite literally, with open arms. Known to most as “The Bone Church,” it displays some of the world’s more macabre art. In addition to a splendid bone chandelier composed from almost every bone in a human body, the ossuary displays two large bone chalices, four baroque bone candelabras, six enormous bone pyramids, two bone monstrances (a vessel used to display the Eucharistic host), a family crest in (you guessed it) bone, and skull candleholders. Festively looping chains of bone are hung throughout like crepe paper at a birthday party.