4/28/09 – UpDate – Both Items have sold at auction – Thank You !
On April 25th, 2009 in New York City, the Saturdays at Phillips De Pury auction will take place. The toys in this auction are curated by the legendary Japanese toy dealer and collector Steve Agin. I’ve had the privilege of participating in several of these auctions and despite the current economic conditions they have done quite well. Steve has been spearheading a movement in the auction world to bring a spotlight on Japanese toys and the new artists who are influenced by them, such as myself. Like a lone fish, swimming against a steady stream, Steve is starting to make headway in this mission. There’s many opinions as to whether this type of auction is good for the movement or not .. I guess only time will tell, but I am a firm believer in letting an artist express his or hers vision in whatever medium they chose. While you may think this type of auction format would prohibit the average fan, actually quite a few of the pieces are priced at “normal” custom prices. Take a look at the ones offered in this auction .. you may be surprised that the minimums are not unreasonable 😉 For those interested i do have two items in this auction … the first is a custom Kaiju TriPus with internal guts. Here are more pics …
and also have this really, really awesome Ceramic Kaiju Eyezon, made by the very talented Mairuzu ! At 24 inches in height, this is a unique color from a total edition of only 10 of these figures made. It’s really hard to see in these pictures but the orange and red glazes are really beautiful to behold ! There’s a depth that you can only see in person. This massive piece was sculpted by Mairuzu, assembled, glazed and fired in a kiln. A very time consuming and fragile process that limits how many can actually be made.. and in this case the piece is so massive ..thats why there will not be too many made.
And finally something I did not know until recently about Steve is that he is also an accomplished fine artist .. although it does not surprise me as in retrospect my vision of what Japanese toys can be or viewed as, match what Steve is trying to do in these auctions and beyond. Here’s a sampling of recent work by Steve. Very impressive work for sure. ( For scale, I believe these are all very large paintings. )
Steve gets it, being a long time collector and dealer…he gets that Japanese toys and these newer toys and art pieces should be recognized an art form and not just “Toys “. But while pushing for this new distinction, we both realize that the Soul of all these pieces is that they are or were toys, that kids worldwide bought and played with. While some of the pieces I do now are not toys ( like the Ceramic Kaiju Eyezon ), at the core or soul, what i offer are they are still toys to me. I think it safe to say that everyone who has interest in these types of toys either had them when they were growing up or if they have seen these for the first time, it effects them in that intangible spot in your heart .. the ” Oh thats Cool ” factor. So for me these off shoots of what i do are done with an level of excitement and fun factor. I always hope this comes thru in all my work, whether spoken or unspoken … and I know Steve has worked very hard to do the same with these auctions.