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Dear Diary: Dr. Paul Koudounaris

Photo credit: Dragoionescu

Dr. Paul Koudounaris Photo credit: Dragoionescu

This week’s Dear Diary is an intriguing behind the scene glimpse into the secret world of Dr. Paul Koudounaris. His art historical research and photos have made him a well-known figure in the field of macabre art.  His latest book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs has positioned Dr. Koudounaris as the leading expert in the history of bone-decorated shrines and religious structures.  Dubbed the ‘Indiana Bones’ explorer, his discoveries of Incredible skeletal remains of Catholic saints dripping in gems and jewellery have taken the media by storm! Check out his adorable cats, and go to his “Heavenly Bodies” show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery opening November. 1st, 8-11 PM.

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Midway through photographing the book Heavenly Bodies, I came home to LA and was so desperate to have my own jeweled skeleton that I went downtown, got a bunch of rhinestones, and decorated this dog skeleton. The cat has developed a strange relationship with it, and sleeps next to it in this crib.

In the living room, mannequin with an IV bottle of urine feeding a ram’s head. Under Obamacare, this type of treatment will be subsidized.

In the living room, mannequin with an IV bottle of urine feeding a ram’s head. Under Obamacare, this type of treatment will be subsidized.

Home security system, armed skeleton riding a lion.

Home security system, armed skeleton riding a lion.

I bought the zebra’s head over my bed from a guy on Craig’s List. When I went over to pick it up, he told me it has been his uncle’s, and noted that his uncle had committed suicide with the same gun he used to hunt the zebra. I told him I was deeply sorry about his uncle’s death, and he laughed and said, “don’t be, he was an @$$hole.”

I bought the zebra’s head over my bed from a guy on Craig’s List. When I went over to pick it up, he told me it has been his uncle’s, and noted that his uncle had committed suicide with the same gun he used to hunt the zebra. I told him I was deeply sorry about his uncle’s death, and he laughed and said, “don’t be, he was an @$$hole.”

Arrived in the mail today. That strange, push and pull moment of attraction/revulsion when you realize your work has crossed over enough to now be appearing in magazines with scantily clad women.

Arrived in the mail today. That strange, push and pull moment of attraction/revulsion when you realize your work has crossed over enough to now be appearing in magazines with scantily clad women.

I told La Luz de Jesus that at my opening/book signing, we could give away a free photo print with every book sold. I was not aware at the time that they had ordered 250 of them. It is day two of printing, and I am only up to number 98.

I told La Luz de Jesus that at my opening/book signing, we could give away a free photo print with every book sold. I was not aware at the time that they had ordered 250 of them. It is day two of printing, and I am only up to number 98.

The living room ceiling. I do my best work outside of the house, this place is just way too distracting.

The living room ceiling. I do my best work outside of the house, this place is just way too distracting.

Kitten’s new hiding place is atop the taxidermy kudu’s head, between it’s horns. Silly thing. With her coloration, she would be much better camouflaged atop the wildebeest.

Kitten’s new hiding place is atop the taxidermy kudu’s head, between it’s horns. Silly thing. With her coloration, she would be much better camouflaged atop the wildebeest.

Dr. Paul Koudounaris “Heavenly Bodies”
November 1st – December 1st, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November. 1st, 8-11 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
www.laluzdejesus.com

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One Response to “Dear Diary: Dr. Paul Koudounaris”
  1. Barbara says:

    AS an ardent reader of your earlier book, I have been looking forward to this new one. I understand why your house would be a major distraction- as a friend of Dahlia Jane I had heard wonderful things about your decorating schemes and the pictures illustrate even more than I had heard. Anyway the book shall be mine very soon.

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