THE DEEPER 'I'
"My goal with the skull portraits is to explore the deeper identity of the subject even beyond their mortality. Does something live on? They are a meditation on what gives life meaning and the legacy
we leave after we pass away".
Alexander de Cadenet 2023
"In his skull portraits, de Cadenet is using modern art language and processes to communicate the vital spiritual teaching of death in a way that is relevant to our time"
Patrick Howe, author of 'The Awakened Artist', in Watkins Mind Body Spirit Magazine.
"The skull portraits tackle both the the idea of mortality and also the question of how we construe human identity"
Edward Lucie-Smith, 2016
"De Cadenet’s Skull Portraits re-energise the long histories of the painted vanitas….There is a ghoulish humour in de Cadenet’s jest with the skull image: these will persist, of course long after we become crematorium dust"
Sarah Wilson, professor at The Courtauld Institute of Art, (2010)