Five years ago I purchased my first 'high end' one of a kind artwork piece. It was at a local art show on Star Wars. I was instantly struck by it. I knew I was making the right decision to buy but I couldn't explain why until now: it has sparked an entire side focus of artist renderings of Kenner Star Wars figures.
Now that I have had a opportunity to hang all of these pieces, I am able to take a look at why I am so drawn to them. Each piece conveys some different aspect of how these toys have sparked our imaginations. Some even have something to say to us as collectors. Each artist has a different viewpoint and each piece highlights something special about these toys.
|Rebel High-Five; It's a Slap - Blain Hefner
|R2-D2 - Pryor
From Blain Hefner's Rebel High-Five; 'It's a Slap' to this mini oil painting of R2-D2, you can see how figures that were cherished in childhood look today. The paint is missing in some places, the stickers have yellowed, but the play value is still there.
|Wicket - Travis W. Oates
|Endor Lamp - Russquatch Gold
These fanciful pieces by Travis W. Oates and Russquatch Gold explore different mediums. Glass and wood paneling become the canvas for colorful representations of Ewoks.
|Untitled - Lauren Bock
Other artists like Lauren Bock have taken toys and placed them in imaginary settings fit for a galaxy far, far away.
|Collect Them All / Dissect Them All - Dave Pryor
|Destined To Their Fate - B. Tanner
And artists like B. Tanner go a step further with this painting entitled 'Destined To Their Fate'. What is the shelf life of a action figure? Nothing lasts forever, and inevitably nature reclaims man-made artifice.
|TK-421 - Christopher Traux
Christopher Truax comically carbon freezes figures for future preservation and display as sculpture. Here a vintage Stormtrooper has been vacu-sealed to a board with metal tape and preserved like a scientific specimen.
|Jabba and Gamorrean - Krystal Lord
|Heavy Metal Wookiee and Erock - Lisa Rae Hanson
Vinyl and resin toy creators like Lisa Rae Hanson make castings of vintage figures and re-sculpt them. Now Chewie and friends can have that garage band they always dreamed of.
Art pieces like these are a testament to the inspiration that Kenner Star Wars toys have provided us over the years. I'll never tire of seeing these action figures through someone else's point of view.