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We hear from many of our artist friends how useful Bone Clones® are for their anatomy
studies. Since ancient time artists and scientists have studied human and animal
Osteological anatomy to better understand the underlying scaffolding that supports
the body’s structure. Whether drawing details of an individual skull or bone, or
analyzing the broader relationships and proportions of bones to each other and to
the whole organism, a hands-on study of bones can spark delight and exploration in
students of all ages and disciplines.

Our replicas can be used as reference, arranged and lit for still life compositions and
medical illustrations, used in memento mori, assemblage (we’ve noticed an increase
in the popularity of ‘curiosity boxes’), or as the basis for drawing or sculpting a
body’s musculature without skin to better understand its form (L’Ecorche).

Plus, we think they’re beautiful.

 A Selection of Artists Who use Bone Clones®

Mark Dion

"Since the early 1990s, Mark Dion has examined the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, the artist creates works that address distinctions between objective scientific methods and subjective influences. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society."

Alexander de Cadenet

“I see my work in the tradition of the most
ancient Paleolithic art, which is the longest
lasting evidence of the existence of human
culture. For thousands of years art held almost
exclusively an essential, sacred and deeply
significant meaning for those that practiced
its creation and those who experienced it.”

“Within all human beings there are layers of truths
to be divulged through the experimental process
of life. I...appreciate the natural unveiling of truth
within animals as beings...(my) composition of an
animal’s character invites the individual to have his
or her own unique engagement in ambiguous empathy.”

Adam Matano

“I am making an ecorche sculpture, with
muscles on one side 32”. It is for myself
and I use it for teaching anatomy and
proportion in my classes.”

Lee Downey

"Paleontology, gems and minerals, geology, metals
...all the natural history that gives a rich sense
of being linked to every person that ever
wondered over some beautiful Object
...natural or artifactual.
Wonder full stuff. This is what
drives the designs you see here.
And the hope is that these bits and pieces
of art and artifice will survive into the far future,
heirlooms and treasures that are built to endure the
long haul of time and the rewards of real beauty."

Lee Downey

Where do you get human skulls and skeletons?
“Just as with casts, you can find cheap versions
online, but a $60 plastic skull is so far from
plausible human proportions as to be worthless for
artistic study. Bone Clones® is the only brand I
have found to be good enough quality for artists.”

Sadie J. Valeri

Dan Baldwin

"My art is biographical, and metaphorical
- my work is affected by how i am in my life
as i make it - dreamlike
. . nostalgia , childhood , memory , love and pain
. . how would you paint a dream ?"

Apolline Grivelet

"The centenary remains of a man,
the millenary life of a very simple creature:
Gilliatt is coral and bone,
Gilliatt is an art piece,
literally alive.
More than an art piece, he is
a process in perpetual development."

Michael Reedy

"In my most recent drawings I have revisited
the timeless themes of life, death, and the
human condition. This new interest in the
expulsion and the fall of man has been paired
with my prior leanings, which have long been
rooted in fringe images of the body, medical
illustration, ornamentation, dark comedy, and
the uncanny. These inevitable aspects of
existence bring to mind the most tragic,
and most beautiful, images of the body."

David Kronen

"My paintings reflect a personal exploration of images,
shapes, structures, relationships, color – abstracted on
canvas. I made my own stretcher bars, stretched and
primed my canvases. A total and intense activity for
some 20 years. The work reflects the era in which they
were painted. At the same time, I was interested in and
studied animal behavior. The death of a favorite
Monitor lizard led me to explore how reconstructing
the body of the animal could be done in a realistic pose
that reflected the inherent movements of that animal.
In time, the artistic and the scientific impulses merged,
and a goal of creating skulls and skeletons representing
the utmost realism became primary."

 Education: Art and Anatomy Programs

New York
Academy of Art

Anatomy Track

The Anatomy Track is a set of four courses
providing a breadth of knowledge in artistic
anatomy for application in one's own
artwork or to inform college-level teaching.

University of Oxford
The Ruskin School of Art

Human Anatomy

The Ruskin School of Art offers a unique
opportunity to those with wish to study and
explore human anatomy with highly regarded
artists and anatomists. The Ruskin remains the
last art school in Europe to incorporate such an
in depth study of anatomy within its teaching.

Accredited Schools

Best Art Schools & Colleges

"In this guide, prospective art students can
find comprehensive information on how to
choose the best art school, the various types
of art degrees available, and which careers
they can expect to enter post graduation."