February: The month I finally realize it’s 2016. There are a bunch of events to hit up and art toy releases to pick up during these 29 days, so let’s get started and check out the highlights!
Following up her Ferals blindbox series, Amanda Visell teams up with Kidrobot once again for the 10 inch Scardey Labbit. I still am not sure how Kidrobot have been able to capture Amanda’s hand-painted aesthetic and put it on mass produced toys. For Amanda’s fans who can’t swing hundreds on one of her custom Labbits, this will be a must. The launch date is yet to be confirmed, but it will drop sometime in February. You can pre-order it here.
Speaking of Kidrobot, Heidi Kenny’s Yummy World will see a 4 inch plush series released this month. Sushimi, dumplings, and more are all on the table and are up for pre-order here.
Open now and running through February 13, Meet Cute at Gallery1988 features new work by Nan Lawson. From Jon Snow and Ygritte to Belle and the Beast, these illustrations depict iconic movie and TV couples standing back-to-back. If you can’t make it to the West Coast, you can grab giclee prints of each work for only $35 here. Later in the month at Gallery1988, you’ll also be able to check out drawings by Dan Goodsell, creator of Mr. Toast. His show runs from February 19 through March 5.
From February 4 through 27, Spoke Art Gallery will be hosting Wakefulness, Canadian artist Alex Garant’s debut solo show in the US. This is one you definitely shouldn’t miss if you’re in San Fran. By confusing the eye with what looks like multiple photo exposures, her oil paintings tease you with their beauty.
Canada: Red, white, but never blue. Join Nathan Jurevicius at Mindzai’s Ontario location on February 6 for a signing and release party of his Nightriders blindbox series from Kidrobot. Kidrobot are sending some special prizes and Mindzai will be supplying snack and drinks.
Get some class on February 10 and 13 at Rotofugi their Valentine’s Day Mini Munny Painting Party & Class. $35 gets you a Mini Munny, all the paint and brushes you’ll need, snacks for your belly, and special instruction from Mary Ruth Butterworth. The class runs three hours long and seats are limited, so sign up here if you’d like to create a custom Munny for V-Day!
While you’re at Rotofugi, check out their exhibition of Chris Austin’s art. Austin’s geometrical bear illustrations will be on display from February 5 through 28. At the same time, Rotofugi’s side gallery will feature art collected by Robot Envy, “the world’s best robot art.”
On February 17, Jon Burgerman will be conducting a Q&A. Titled, ”It’s Great to Create”, the event will be hosted by UsTwo in NYC. Tickets are only $5 and come with free coffee and snacks! Jon urges attendees to bring some paper and pencils to doodle along with.
Did I miss anything you’ll be visiting or picking up in February? Hit up the comments section and let us know!
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 9:58amCome celebrate Kidrobot, the jewel of the Designer Toy community, with an all-out PARRRTY!! Featuring signings, live painting, giveaways, competitions and more! Meet the artists and sip on a beer, fueled by our friends at Lagunitas!
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 9:37pmThe DTA Dunny custom show is one of the most prestigious custom art toy exhibitions around. Created by Clutter and Kidrobot to celebrate the huge amount of talent in the industry, and support the annual Designer Toy Awards, it always offers a visual treat.
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 4:40pmAfter emerging from the darkest oceans, night has passed and the Sunrise OctoDunny has risen!