WE PLAY, THEREFORE WE ARE
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!