Brandi Milne is an American painter. Born and raised in Anaheim California in the late 1970’s, Milne’s surrounding world of classic cartoons, toys, candies, Disneyland and joyous family Holidays fascinated and deeply influenced her young imagination.
Self-taught and emotionally driven, Brandi’s work speaks of love, loss, pain and heartbreak underneath a beautiful candy-coated surface. Using elements as language from her child’s mind, Brandi creates a unique surreal world that is undeniably hers.
Eric Joyner (previously featured here) is a San Francisco Bay Area painter known for his Robots & Donuts artist series. His love for comics, drawing and painting shows in his artwork.
Eric has filled his imagery with epic tales featuring an ongoing synergy between robots and donuts. Utilizing his natural painterly technique, Joyner injects a lively dynamism into the inanimate toys and confectionery that serve as his muses. Through astute observation of the human species and our whole gamut of emotions and behaviors, Eric captures the essence of what it means to be human and reflects it back at us through his engaging menagerie of colorful characters.
Allan Innman is a painter from Oxford, MS. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2006 with a BFA degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. From 2007-2012 he worked as Visual Resources Specialist in the Department of Art at the University of Mississippi. Allan recently completed the MFA program at The University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art in Drawing and Painting. His current work is based around make-believe and fantasy through the depiction of toys and figurines.
Malaysian artist Umibaizurah Mahir’s meticulously crafted ceramics are almost exclusively in the form of stylized, comical creatures, like three dimensional hand-made cartoons.
Umi’s artworks seem to present a paradox. On the one hand, these child-like figures are made with smiley faces but in odd poses showing something which is really uncomfortable.They look like odd objects that can be controlled. She paints her figures in various bright and cheerful colours. It seems like Umi tries to remind us of issues on individual identity in the community with all attributes that create the identity.
Mario Soria, a Barcelona based artist, creates portraits that tell a different story up close. From a distance, his paintings of icons like appeared realistic, but upon closer inspection, revealed characters interacting with them in bizarre scenes, tagging their clothing with graffiti or enjoying a musical jubilee on top of their heads.
Adding to the surreal quality of his work was his incorporation of found objects like smashed soda cans and legos, which he describes as a combination of still life and traditional painting. Soria replaces the seriousness and formality of the original portrait with playfulness and fantasy.
This apparently has gotten a bit of a rise from some people who don’t get political commentary. Our old friend, Ron English, teamed up with Made By Monsters for these soldier toys, under the guise that “not everyone in war gets to come home a hero.” Hypebeast notes that “only 10 sets of sample prototype figures will be released with each costing $100 USD.”
Building upon Die Antwoord’s one-day exhibition at FIFTY24SF Gallery this summer, Upper Playground has once again teamed up with the famed South African hip-hop group and vinyl figure company Good Smile to release two new colorways of the Ninja designed “Evil Boy” figure. Previously only available during shows of Die Antwoord’s continuous world tour, Upper Playground is pleased to announce both a “Red” and “Black “edition of “Evil Boy, in our webstore now.
In conjunction with the J Dilla Foundation, Phil Young Song created this vinyl toy of the late, legendary producer and beat maker, J Dilla. Out later this year… love the necklace detail. (via highsnob)
The Beastie Boys are nerds. And so we think an action figure set of the three Beasties makes a ton of sense. And we love that A Bathing Ape did the toys, with baggy, preppy hip-hop clothes to boot. According to HB, the toys are made by, “Nowhere Ltd./A Bathing Ape. Made for the release of the trio’s ‘Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win’ music video (the new Spike Jonze one), the set mirrors the characters used in the video. Each 11.5″ figure comes decked out in a 16″ x 12″ metal box accompanied with plenty of accessories and gear. Priced at $750 USD, the set is now available here.”
When you are Alex Pardee, you get Xmas gifts like this, a custom toy of his alter-ego, THE ICE WIZARD FROM THE COLDEST OF UNKNOWN REALM. It was made by JAY 222, a toy customizer and sculptor. Check out Jay 222′ blog.