With a number of Star Wars themed celebrations taking place around the world last Friday, we decided to get a piece of the action by heading down to the highly anticipated “May the 4th be with you” group art show at FullCircle, Leeds. Curated by Barry over at the Hang Gang, the massive event played host to over 30 different artists work- both art and custom toys- including the likes of Richard Page, Jon Paul Kaiser, Guy McKinley, Drew Millward, Squink, Bryan Brutherford, and Elmos Empire, most of which were on hand to talk Star Wars, consume art, and of course, drink beer!
As you can see, a great time was had by all, but the fun didn’t stop at the artwork and alcohol… Nestling amongst the various paintings, prints and customs was one of the largest displays of vintage Star Wars toys we have ever witnessed! Featuring a massive selection of carded figures alongside some extremely rare playsets and vehicles (boxed Imperial Attack Base and Troop Transporter anyone?!!), the whole collection was housed in a beautiful display that reportedly cost around £1000 to construct!
As well as the plethora of Star Wars themed art and toys, Barry also laid down one hell of a party… From the wonderful array of treats conjured up from the Wookie Cookie handbook, through to the patrolling Storm Troopers, A New Hope screening and pop-up shop, no expense was spared in making this a great night. A massive thanks to the organisers and all the great people who turned up, and here’s hoping for more of the same next year!
We couldn’t resist picking up a piece from the show, and what a piece it was! One part of a triplet set (the other 2 are pictured above), Jon Paul Kaiser’s “Chewie” Mini-Munny was easily one of our favourite customs on display. Now sitting proudly on display at the MAN-E-TOYS HQ, we can’t help but feel he needs a certain UME Wookie (also above) to keep him company!
Anyone interested in picking up one of the many pieces will be glad to know that they will be heading to the Hang Gang store in the next few days. Be sure to keep checking back regularly, as we can guarantee they won’t be around for long…
Opening to a warm reception at Chicago’s prestigious Rotofugi gallery last Friday (November 11th), ‘I Still Feel You’ is the latest exhibition from Denvor based illustrator Shannon Bonatakis.
Inspired by human experiences, both personal and interpersonal, Shannon’s highly stylised and emotionally charged portraiture has propelled her to the top of the low-brow art/illustration scene- with her latest offering no exception. Partly autobiographical, the exhibition gives us a look into the “deep dark caverns of the artist’s psyche”, emanating a deep personal significance that is not always clear, but eternally compelling.
‘I Still Feel You’ will be running until December 4th at the Rotofugi gallery, Chicago. All of the works can now be previewed/purchased online through the gallery’s store here.
Originally hailing from Falun, Stockholm based artist Andreas Englund recently came to our attention through his latest series of paintings; featuring a fragile, ageing Punisher. Depicting the decreped superhero in a variety of seemingly mundane situations, Andreas’ new work questions the fragility of life, our attitudes towards older generations, and the vulnerability of even the most outwardly strong people.
Andreas as yet has no plans to exhibit the pieces, but the full collection is now available to view in his extensive portfolio here.
Andreas explains the motives behind his work-
“Humour can be the carrier of messages that are otherwise hard to convey. For me, it liberates my thoughts and ideas from pretentiousness, while at the same time it opens doors to new routes and angles.”