The concept is based on a painting of one the greatest artists of the last century: Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. This painting is an icon in the history of modern art. The Freakshow represents the way we see sex these days in the same way that Guernica represents war. The symbolism used in the Freakshow refers to the contemporary approach of eroticism. No more secrets; we can see everything on TV or the internet. Film cameras are hanging everywhere: Big Brother is watching you. It’s all about outer appearances; we need to look sharp, have great jobs and earn lots of money. The inside is less important. We live in a fast world. Here today: gone tomorrow.
- Title: The Freakshow
- Artists: Dejo
- Year: 2004
- 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. Also 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.