In order to survive, animals in nature are often inconspicuous because they adopt a camouflage in colours or shape. Other animals use bright colours that look toxic to deliberately stand out and deter predators. In this painting nature goes a little wild and the reality is a mystery. Are the red flowers, for example, not poison frogs? These frogs are now using their distinctive color as a camouflage! The chameleon, with a tail like a coiled fern, thinks he sees a tasty spider. But aren’t those just the veins of a leaf he sees? The yellow ladybird thinks it’s a good idea to show herself as a flower bulb, though in the meantime she has landed inside the beak of a bird… and you can see more mysteries that appear to show that nature is a bit out of balance.
- Title: Nature Goes Crazy
- Artist: Fihi
- Year: 2010
- Technique: Acrylic
- Material: Canvas
- Size: 100 x 150 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.