Jim Morrison

Jim sets the night on fire for the Día de los Muertos

Giclée print by Carlos Hernandez

This week Christian’s around the world will be honoring the departed on All Saint’s Day. No where is this day observed more intensely than in Mexico where it takes place over several days.

Mexican folk art associated with El Día de los Muertos abounds with imagery of whimsical skeleton caricatures. These caricatures, originally political and satirical in nature, were popularized by José Guadalupe Posada’s skull engravings (calaveras).

Posada is one of the most significant engravers in Mexico’s history. His style continues to inspire contemporary folk artists to this day as exemplified by Carlos Hernandez’s vibrant giclée print “El Jim Morrison”.

Carlos Hernandez, <em>El Jim Morrison</em>, 2007, giclée print, 17 x 22 in. (43 x 56 cm).
Carlos Hernandez, El Jim Morrison, 2007, giclée print, 17 x 22 in. (43 x 56 cm), from the collection Day of the Dead Rock Stars.

About the artist

From Houston, Texas, Carlos Hernandez finds his Day of the Dead Rock Stars work allows him the ability to merge his love of music and his Hispanic culture. Hernandez, fascinated with Día de los Muertos paper maché skeletons memorializing the dead and their achievements while on earth, thought ‘What a great tradition, man! I wanna do that one day!’ One of his career highlights has been his work with childhood idol and hot rod legend Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth on a line of T-shirts.

Check out Hernandez’s artwork on his website.

José Guadalupe Posada (1852–1913)

Museo José Guadalupe Posada, Aguascalientes, Mexico

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2 replies on “Jim sets the night on fire for the Día de los Muertos”

Amazing artwork! Hernandez’ print totally captures Jim’s preoccupation with death. I hope that’s a fifth of Jim’s favorite Tequila he has Jim holding on to… Like the night I was at his Jim’s flat at Beautreillis and he was gulping it down straight out of the bottle. Happy Halloween!
–Phil Steele, Berlin



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