In the beautiful surrounding of Iceland – with its continually varying landscapes and glaciers – the toyists have completed the Uppspretta project. Enjoyment (drinking beer, playing pool, going fishing and whale watching) seamlessly flowed over to hard work. And not just working on the piece of art, but also battling against the elements. The water tank needed to be protected from the weather by detaching, sowing and patching hundreds of hessian coffee bags and arranging and attaching a giant fishing net. Gihili’s hat symbolises the toyists’ fun, solidarity and brutality. The Puffin stands for the Icelandic people observing it all with admiration and wonder, and the eight-ball represents opportunity, taking risks and pushing your luck.

Product Details
  • Title: The Summer of ’13
  • Artist: Jaf’r
  • Year: 2013
  • Technique: Acrylic
  • Material: Canvas
  • Size: 60 x 60 cm

Toyism Paintings

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.

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