Opening Reception: Saturday November 24th, 7-10 pm
November 24th – December 8th 2012
Toy Art Gallery is proud to present Mike Graham’s Z.A.P. 2012! The Zombie Art Project was started last year with 65 Playmobil figures customized into a mini horde of the living dead. This year, in Mikie’s very first solo exhibition, Z.A.P offers a completely new onslaught of total zombie madness. Over 30 intricate custom Playmobil playsets will be available, as well as a fun assortment of affordable single zombies, a GIANT 3ft x 3ft diorama, and some MEGA surprises!
About Mikie Graham:
Mikie Graham’s love affair with toys stared at an early age. As a child he collected and played with the traditional 80’s mass market action figures, but as he grew older he began to realize the unique beauty that these “toys” possessed. In high school Mikie could be found skipping class to hang out in the aisles of ToysR’us waiting for the new shipment of figures to come bursting out of their cardboard coffins. In 2002 on an extended visit to Japan Mikie discovered the world of designer vinyl and art toys. Since then he has become an avid collector and customizer of unique 3d art figures …. as well as the mass produced action figures of his childhood.
Please join us and Mikie for the opening on Saturday, November 24th, from 7-10pm at Toy Art Gallery’s showroom located at 7571 Melrose Ave. Hollywood CA 90046.
“Z.A.P- the Return of the Zombie Art Project” runs through December 8th.1
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Remaining pieces from the opening night are now available online here.
Toy Art Gallery is proud to present “Vivid Lucid Dream” The Sofubi of Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, Frenzy Bros., and Siccaluna! “Vivid Lucid Dream” offers collectors the chance to see the work and obtain one-of-a-kind vinyl figures from three of the biggest names in the modern soft vinyl toy scene. Distinguished for it’s craftsmanship and quality, Japanese soft vinyl, or “sofubi”, is the medium of choice for Richard Montanari and his Japanese toy brethren Siccaluna and Frenzy Bros.
Richard Montari of Mutant Vinyl Hardcore, or “LASH”, on his work:
“Mutant Vinyl Hardcore Toy Company, if summed up, is an eclectic mix heavily influenced by memories of Saturday morning cartoons, midnight horror movies, Japanese cinema and heavy metal fantasy art.
My goal is to bring the viewer back to a simpler time in life when you would see an object, a toy, and connect on an instinctual level. I want you to like what I present to you but are not really sure why. I want you to see the colors, shapes and sizes and just like it because it captures something in your childhood’s soul that is still there and just wants to come out to play.”
Similarly, Siccaluna is inspired by old-school Japanese “patchi” (bootleg) soft vinyl toys and nostalgic characters such as Tetsujin 28 (of which they also license and produce modern interpretations). The Frenzy Bros. are of a similar generation to Rich, being heavily influenced by early 80’s American toy brands such as Masters of the Universe.
Please join us on Saturday, October 27th from 7-10pm at Toy Art Gallery’s showroom located at 7571 Melrose Ave. Hollywood CA 90046. Refreshments will be provided.
‘Vivid Lucid Dream’ runs through November 17th.
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Toy Art Gallery is proud to host the release and signing of David Flores’ DEATHSHEAD TAG Exclusive Vinyl Toy in our Hollywood, California gallery space on Friday, October 12th from 6-8PM!
The DEATHSHEAD is David’s latest vinyl creation, produced by Bic Plastics. It stands 10″ tall and features David’s distinct stained-glass styling. We’ll have our EXCLUSIVE Brown Deathshead available for sale and for signing!
Come out this Friday from 6-8PM to pick up one of the hottest releases of the year and hang out with David Flores.
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Toy Art Gallery is proud to present “This Temporary Moment” New Works by Brian Flynn. As the owner of Super7 and Hybrid Designs Bryan Flynn has long been a force in both graphic and toy design, combining his love of 60’s modernist illustration and vintage japanese toys into a style that is all his own. For his first solo exhibition at TAG Brian will debut a number of new projects as well as roll out the return of old favorites with a massive Super7 retrospective exhibition.
Brian Flynn –
My art serves two functions both thematic and functional. The first is to document the moments of our spirits as they transition from one plane of existence to the next. The keys, locks and gateways of the planes of being are navigated by a wide variety of otherworldly entities, transporting all lost souls to Ghostland. Secondly, and most importantly, is to imbibe the viewer and/or recipient with a fixed sense of place and time —in short, to create a memory. These memories are eternal and carry on long after the experience of interaction is over. Whether through painting, prints, toys, sculptures or photographs, the end result is to make an experience the viewer will remember, allowing our lives to live on together, and the spirit to not be forgotten.
New works to be featured include massive fiberglass pieces, original hand-painted resin toys, custom painted vinyl toys, silkscreened print editions, and more!
Toy Art Gallery is proud to host the official release of Jeremy “MAD” Madl’s latest blind box creation, Series 1 of Bruce Lee’s Temple of Kung Fu in our Hollywood, California gallery space on Saturday, September 22nd 2012!
The release party will be open to the public beginning at 6pm, where MAD will be in attendance to meet fans and sign the Temple of Kung Fu blind boxes which will be going on sale for the very first time at Toy Art Gallery. A cocktail reception will immediately follow the signing.
Additionally, fans that line up early will receive a limited edition Temple of Kung Fu poster showcasing all the characters in the series and signed by MAD.
“We will have 50 autographed posters to give away to the first people in line at the Temple of Kung Fu release party,” says Gino Joukar, owner of Toy Art Gallery. “MAD did an incredible job with this series, and it will be a lot fun to have him onsite when people open their blind boxes and discover all the chase characters and accessories that he and Round 5 included.”
Bruce Lee’s Temple of Kung Fu Series 1 features a 3-inch blind box assortment of 29 characters including a variety of Bruce Lee-inspired characters and will be available at select retailers around the world this Fall.
“I’m excited to meet all the fans and see their reaction to the first series of Temple of Kung Fu,” says MAD. “We worked really hard on this series, and I’m extremely proud of the final product. I hope the fans love it too.”
The official release of Bruce Lee’s Temple of Kung Fu Series 1 will take place at Toy Art Gallery at 6pm on September 22, 2012.
More info on the release party and Temple of Kung Fu Series 1 can be found HERE!
The Toy Art Gallery Anniversary Show opens tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 15th at 7pm. The work coming is top-notch and we can’t wait for everyone to see it! Here are the exclusive TAG-produced editions that will be available at the opening to make the wait a little easier:
Marty, Killer and Globby White Edition – Designed by Bwana Spoons and T9G, Sculpted by T9G
Alien Argus PK GID Edition – Designed by Mark Nagata, Painted by Paul Kaiju
Alien Argus PK B&W Edition – Designed by Mark Nagata, Painted by Paul Kaiju
Pollen Kaiser PK GID Edition – Designed, Sculpted, and Painted by Paul Kaiju
ATTENTION: If you plan on purchasing exclusive items from the show (custom and limited edition toys) you must have a line ticket. Line tickets will be passed out starting at 12PM Noon on Saturday the 15th. Ticket numbers will be random, so no need to wait in line all morning! Just show up after 12PM to get your ticket and be back at the gallery by 6PM to ensure your proper place in line. Doors open at 7PM.