In one of the most exciting collaborations we’ve seen this year, three of Bwana Spoons‘ most cherished characters, Marty the Magician, Globby and Killer have been given the full work out by none other than T9G! Production appears to be moving along nicely (pictured above are the final wax sculpts), so we’re hoping that these jaw-dropping pieces will be debuting at the upcoming Bwana Spoons x T9G “TxB” show that will be landing at Toy Art Gallery on May 26th. Stay tuned for more news on both the figures and exhibition in the coming weeks…
With Casey Weldon’s Groty drawing to a close this weekend (December 24th), we’ve decided to take a look back at the art that made the show so special. Held at Gallery 1988’s Venice location, the exhibition featured a number of paintings and drawings, with iconic 80′s toys and their attached nostalgia a focal point for Casey’s work.
Sure to resonate with any child of the 80’s, Groty draws inspiration from iconic toys including Lego, My Little Pony, thumb monsters, Lucky Trolls, and He Man, placing them in various scenes that reflect exaggerated memories of childhood; a boy searching for that all important Lego piece, a poor cat used as an unwilling test pilot, and a girl with the dreaded cooties- all of which are steeped in the beautiful nostalgia and irony that Weldon has become famed for.
All of the show’s artwork is now available to purchase through Gallery 1988’s site here, with prices ranging between $150-$900 per piece.
Covered here on TTF a couple of weeks back, the artwork for Rotofugi’s latest group show, The Rising Tide 2, has finally been made available to purchase through their online store. Curated by LiLJapan, the show features the work of several Japanese and Japanese/American artists including Max Toys’ Max Nagata, Skulltoys, Shun Nakatsura, Uamou, and Kenta Shimbo.
Playing host to a wide variety of mediums including paint, illustration, custom toys, and paper craft, the show stopper of the exhibition had to be Nagata’s paper mache Kaiju Eyezon.Standing at over 12″, the custom hand painted and sculpted beast has unfortunately already been nabbed by a collector for a cool $300. Check out some of our other favourites from the show below-
Opening last Saturday (November 12th), ‘Plush-o-Rama’ is the latest show at Sacremento’s premier art toy gallery and store, Dragatomi. Organised by highly respected low-brow illustrator Julie West, the show features a number of talented artists including 64 Colors, Gary Ham, Shawnimals, Superdeux and Scott Tolleson, all of which have created stunning one-off plush toys in their beautifully unique styles.
Show curator, West, has gained a huge reputation amongst the art community over the years, with clients including Nike, Disney Vinylmation, Taco Bell and Hewlett Packard, but it’s been her continued work with the likes of Kidrobot (Ye Olde Dunny series, Fatale Dunny series), Toy2R (Skelanimals series) and Strange Co that has cemented her position as one to watch in the art toy scene. Julie has also created a piece for the show, check it below. For more information on the artist, go to her site here.
Dragatomi have recently released a full preview on their gallery page, anyone interested in purchasing any of the pieces should contact the gallery directly. ‘Plush-o-Rama will be running at Dragatomi until December 3rd.