A monkey comes upon a small mountainside where a patch of mushrooms grow. Hungry, he eats one and embarks upon a mind expanding trip and becomes the first ‘wise man’. He contemplates the world and his place in it. One theory in mankind’s evolution is that one of the triggers that caused our ape-like ancestors brain-power to expand quickly was that they stumbled upon magic mushrooms.
- Title: The First Wise Man
- Artist: Zigowst
- Year: 2010
- Technique: Acrylic
- Material: Canvas
- Size: 60 x 60 cm
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Toyism paintings are nothing if not bizarre but recognizable imageries drawn from reality, the surreal, and fantasy. The intense play of lines, shapes, dots and colors is intended to help open the viewer’s mind. And to critical thinking about the human condition in the present day world. Toyism is figurative, contemporary and based on a story. These stories can cover all kinds of subjects, from happy to critical or serious subjects. Toyism paintings are very labour intensive. Every painting consist of several layers of paint. Making the colours bright and vibrant and able to withstand the test of time.
Paintings are created by a mixed group of professional artists from around the world with diverse cultural backgrounds and working in various disciplines. Yet all artists have a like-minded view of how to experience this art and inspire each other. No matter their own backgrounds or beliefs, everyone can express themselves in this style without losing their own value or feeling. Therefore every toyist can influence and enrich the style. Hence toyists tell their own story and depict it.