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Toyism Art Movement is a mixed group of professional artists from all over the world, with different cultural backgrounds, various disciplines, who operate together in a movement.

What are the key characteristics of Toyism Art?

  • Resistance to ego. It’s about art, not about the artist.
  • Art for everyone. Not only in galleries or museums, but all around us.
  • All works are narrative, meaning, as is so often said, “every picture tells a story.” Eyes are drawn to the allegory- keep looking and you will find additional meaning.
  • All works are figurative, meaning they depict recognizable objects as opposed to abstractions. No suggestion of space and perspective.
  • There are distinct outlines in toyist compositions. Lines of contrasting colour, rows of dots and even bands of colour containing dots around objects are prevalent.
  • Colours are bold and distinct from one another, not blended.
  • Deceptively simple looking at times, toyist works are not to be underestimated. They are, rather, heavy on skilful painting technique and craftsmanship.
  • Themes chosen are common to the human condition. Work, eat, sleep (perchance to dream – there’s more than a tinge of the surreal going on here), play, procreate and please, do enjoy life and nature while you’re about these things.
  • Cheery and humorous as its art appears, Toyism is a serious style that, upon closer inspection, often deals with subject matter that may be anything but cheery or humorous.
  • Above all else Toyism is a friendly, uplifting oasis in a world that increasingly focuses on the bizarre, the violent and the freaky. It’s artists and the manifesto are not about something dark, narrow, twisted, tortured, but about life and light!

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