** Post updated 06/14/10 **
Kaiju Attack ! Barcelona, Spain – Atticus gallery – June 17th -31st, 2010.
Co-Curated by Mark Nagata and Emilio Garcia.
The first of it’s kind Kaiju Art Toy show for Europe … Kaiju Attack !!!! This is just a small preview of the work that will be for sale at this show. Both Emilio and I have brought together a Global selection of awesomely incredible artists .. to celebrate Kaiju and Japanese Characters !
It’s hard to believe that Emilio and I have been planning this show now for a year.. and next week the show will finally open in beautiful Barcelona, Spain ! Alas, my plans to attend in person were not meant to be (due to family reasons) but fear not, we have great artists like Emilio Garcia, Bwana Spoons, Martin Ontiveros, Daniel Goffin and more attending !
If you interested in any of the items below, feel free to send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to answer all your questions !
Below is but a very small sample of what the artists have sent for the show.. I’ll add to this post as I get more images.. as per usual most of the art is still being worked on and sent over for the show ( you know these artists types ! ) But as you can see the folks in Barcelona are in for a real treat !
above: Russian artist Sergey Safonov and his beautiful Kluth Polydon resin figure.
above: Uamou and her so,so cute Hungry-Hungry vinyl custom ….! How can you resist ?
above: LeMerde and a triple dose of fun vinyl !
Bob Conge – Plaseebo – stunning Gunkanjima one off custom .. lights up of course !
Below: Bob’s Skullo-Rex , another keeper that lights up ! and is Creepy, too !
Below: Touma once again proves way he’s so in demand with his Gablin figure and…
his very cool Magman figure.. these will be popular, for sure !
Below: Ralph Cosentino does it again, with his take on Ohgon Bat .. really cool !
Below: Akamatsu-san/Marmit and his painted one off custom figures..the painting on these is truly amazing !
Below: Tulip with her Love-Tan original painting .. it’s so cute but tragic at the same time.. proving that Love Hurts even Kaiju !
Below: Hailing from Mexico Alimana is a group of talented artists and designers who of course love Monsters ! Alimana will have their Bacteria and new Spore Troopers figures.. and check out their very cool custom Monsters hand made on 1/6 scale bodies, fully articulated ! Only one of each .. all created and Hecho En Mexico – Made in Mexico !
Below: Bacteria !
below: New Spore Troopers !
below: Hand made Trizogera !
Below: Hand made Monogera !!
Below: Some of the customs a guy named Mark Nagata has in the show.. how he keeps getting into these shows is beyond me .. oh ya, it’s Me ;-P
Below: Daniel Goffin, super skilled artist delivers yet again with his Taro Kern Nightmare one off in resin !
Bwana Spoons, oh my look at these goodies for the show ! Rad !
Last minute additions to the show…from Barcelona ! first up is Okrabelo, who does really cool toys and prints:
and Quim Tarrida from SubcutanSpoon ! with these amzing ceramics ! Nice !
The latest update is ilanena from Japan, whose customized his Dai Kaiju Monsters for Barcelona as well as a custom Garamon…show how cool Kaiju can be !
More to be posted ! I’ve been curating these Kaiju shows now for a few years and i have to say the best part for me is meeting some fantastic artists all around the world .. sometimes I have to stop and think about how I’m able to pull together these talented folks from really every corner of this Earth… amazing ! My greatest reward by doing these types of shows is giving these artists a showcase and platform they might not have had otherwise, and of course furthering the cause and education of what classic Japanese toys are about and what the new Kaiju movement is about in a positive light. I hope you can help support these artists and Toy Karma to you all !
Check out more on our web site : www.killerkaiju.com
Over the years Mark Nagata has collected thousands of toys and a fair amount of titles. The man behind San Francisco-based Max Toy Company is widely known as: Toy Collector. Illustrator. Magazine Founder/Publisher. Toy Designer. Artist. Author. Husband. Father. But the one description that might fit best is an unofficial one – Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador.
In the Japanese-inspired art and toy area, as well as throughout the larger toy collecting community, Mark is welcomed and recognized for his personal passion and commitment to supporting artists all around the world and the unique works they create. Beginning as a collector in his youth, Mark has had for years a keen eye for great art and a personal interest in collecting that he has spread through a variety of outlets.
Trained at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Mark honed his skills working for himself and for some of the most notable businesses in the country. As a freelance commercial illustrator, he completed works for such prominent companies as Lucasfilms, DC Comics, Hasbro Toys, IBM, Sony, and numerous advertising and design firms, both national and international. Mark’s colorful style graces over 40 cover paintings for R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series – Give Yourself Goosebumps.
After hundreds of assignments, Mark made the decision to move in another direction, and that choice has led to whole new career as a successful businessman. For four years, the owner of one of the largest Ultraman toy collections in the world co-published Super 7 Magazine showcasing the finest in Japanese toy collecting.
“I’d been collecting Japanese toys all along and suddenly realized it would be cool to have a magazine of some type devoted to them,” Nagata says.
Mark’s devotion to presenting collectors with a selection of original figures inspired by classic Japanese toys from the 1960s and ‘70s as well as new versions of licensed Japanese characters is at the heart of Max Toy Company. Named for his son, Max Toys specializes in custom and limited editions of “kaiju” (Japanese monsters) toys and artwork. Many of the original toys produced are hand painted by Mark, a tradition that goes back to Japanese toy makers of the past.
“Since our target is the soft vinyl Japanese toy collector, which is a very small niche, our runs of toys can be extremely small,” Mark says. “Runs range from 500 pieces of one toy to just one for a hand-painted, one-of-a-kind custom figure.”
Through Max Toys, Mark has taken great pains to widen the reach of his two passions – toys and art. He played a significant part in the development of the first group kaiju show in the United States. Held at the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago, Illinois in 2007, the “Toy Karma” Show featured detailed work from artists from Japan, the U.S. and South America. Participants marveled at the custom-painted toys and art on display. “Toy Karma” led to Mark being asked to be one of the artists spotlighted in the “Beyond Ultraman: Seven Artists Explore the Vinyl Frontier” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The October 2007 show, held jointly with the Los Angeles Toy, Doll and Amusement Museum, marked the first time – in a museum setting – that the influence of Japanese toys on California artists was explored. The exhibit featured more than 30 of Mark’s original paintings, toys and a selection of his vintage toy collection.
Mark continued to be at the forefront as interest in Japanese-inspired art and toys expanded in 2008. Prestigious art houses Philips De Pury and Christie’s in New York and London sold Mark’s hand-painted custom kaiju toys in its auctions, spreading this unique art and toy movement into new and uncharted areas of the art world.
In 2009, Mark once again took his love of toys and art overseas this time to a receptive and welcoming audience in Tokyo, Japan. Here, Mark curated the “Kaiju Comrades” Art Show, once again bringing together artists from various aspects of the kaiju toy realm in this first-of-its-kind toy art show. The following year found Mark in Barcelona, Spain co-curating with Emilio Garcia “Kaiju Attack,” the European country’s first kaiju art show.
As the growth of kaiju art and toys increases worldwide, Mark continues in his unofficial role of Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador. He has written and had his artwork and toy designs included in several books and magazines, both domestic and international. In 2010, Mark served as guest lecturer on kaiju and the toy-making process at the Morikami Museum in Florida. The San Francisco resident and his art can also be spotted in the first volume of the “ToyPunks” DVD and the “Toys R Us” DVD, while the video for the number one song by Owl City “Fireflies” featured Mark’s popular Kaiju Eyezon character. During this same time period, Mark has spearheaded the “Toy Karma 2” and “Kaiju Comrades 2” shows and has plans for future shows both in the U.S. and overseas.
“Max Toys allows me to produce original artwork, new toys and work directly with a lot of talented artists,” Mark says. “Max Toy is a synthesis of toys and art, both life-long passions.”
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