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Josh Mayhem

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Los Angeles based artist Josh Mayhem's lifelong habit of collecting children's playthings has fueled his passion for transforming said toys into objects d'art. Among his best-known pieces are those constituting his “B...

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Los Angeles based artist Josh Mayhem's lifelong habit of collecting children's playthings has fueled his passion for transforming said toys into objects d'art. Among his best-known pieces are those constituting his “Blown Away” series, in which mass-produced forms are covered in strands of resin and layers of acrylic paint to create gravity-defying drips that give the impression of the work being deconstructed by a strong wind. The popularity of this aesthetic has led to Mayhem winning the Custom of the Year (Fan) award at the 2019 Designer Toys Awards, multiple releases with Kidrobot; the premiere worldwide creator and dealer of limited edition art toys, participating in TRASHed: Art of Recycling at Coachella Festival, and solo exhibitions at Clutter Gallery in Beacon NY, Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles CA (as well as an artist residency) , PIQ Grand Central Terminal in NYC, and The Crown Collection Gallery in both Denver and Los Angeles.

In the process of creating his coveted sculptural works, Josh Mayhem has uses gallery-quality canvases as drop cloths. As each becomes decorated with an accumulation of colorful drips, patterns begin to emerge in the artist's mind. Augmenting each one with coatings of synthetic resin and additional paint splashes, these works exude complexity through the floating effect the various layers create.

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  • About Artist

    Los Angeles based artist Josh Mayhem's lifelong habit of collecting children's playthings has fueled his passion for transforming said toys into objects d'art. Among his best-known pieces are those constituting his “Blown Away” series, in which mass-produced forms are covered in strands of resin and layers of acrylic paint to create gravity-defying drips that give the impression of the work being deconstructed by a strong wind. The popularity of this aesthetic has led to Mayhem winning the Custom of the Year (Fan) award at the 2019 Designer Toys Awards, multiple releases with Kidrobot; the premiere worldwide creator and dealer of limited edition art toys, participating in TRASHed: Art of Recycling at Coachella Festival, and solo exhibitions at Clutter Gallery in Beacon NY, Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles CA (as well as an artist residency) , PIQ Grand Central Terminal in NYC, and The Crown Collection Gallery in both Denver and Los Angeles.

    In the process of creating his coveted sculptural works, Josh Mayhem has uses gallery-quality canvases as drop cloths. As each becomes decorated with an accumulation of colorful drips, patterns begin to emerge in the artist's mind. Augmenting each one with coatings of synthetic resin and additional paint splashes, these works exude complexity through the floating effect the various layers create.

  • Exhibitions

    Jan. 2020 - DRIP - The Crown Collection Gallery, Los Angeles
    Aug. 2019 - Hype Breeze, The Crown Collection Gallery, Denver
    Oct. 2018 - Cuteness in The Wind, PIQ, Grand Central Terminal, NYC
    May. 2018 - Gravitate, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
    Aug. 2017 - Josh Mayhem Solo Show, Clutter Gallery, Beacon
    Group Exhibitions -

    Feb. 2020 - Don't Drink the Kool Aid, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
    Feb. 2020 - Art Palm Springs, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Palm Springs
    Jan. 2020 - LA Art Show, Arushi Arts, LA
    Jan. 2020 - LA Art Show, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
    Dec. 2019 - CONTEXT Art Miami, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Miami
    Dec. 2019 - (not another) Art Show, Aced Gallery, Miami
    Dec. 2019 - Doheny Room Exhibition / Delano Hotel, Aced Gallery, Miami
    Dec. 2019 - Boulan Hotel Exhibition, Aced Gallery, Miami
    Nov. 2019 - SOFA Chicago, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Chicago
    Nov. 2019 - Splotch Custom Exhibition, Designer Con, Anaheim
    Oct. 2019 - Texas Contemporary, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Houston
    Oct. 2019 - Mega NYCC Custom Group Show, New York Comic Con, NYC
    Sept. 2019 - The Affordable Art Fair, Bruce Lurie Gallery, NYC
    Sept. 2019 - The Art of Sneakers, snkrINC Pop Up Gallery, LA
    Aug. 2019 - Anatoy Custom Show, Beijing Toy Show, Beijing
    July 2019 - Art Market Hamptons, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Bridgehampton
    July 2019 - Travelin' Creatures, PIQ Hudson Yards, NYC
    June 2019 - Rattle and Bones, Clutter Gallery, Beacon
    May 2019 - I Can't Believe It's Not Gutter, VS Gallery, Melbourne
    May 2019 - Fractured Bloom, Five Points Festival, NYC
    Apr. 2019 - Code Red - Quiccs Solo Show, Myplasticheart, NYC
    Apr. 2019 - Untitled - Edition 1, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
    Apr. 2019 - Grand PIQ, PIQ Hudson Yards, NYC
    Mar. 2019 - The Glow Show, Clutter Gallery, Beacon
    Mar. 2019 - SC Braver Exhibition, Vintage & Vinyl Club, Hong Kong
    Feb. 2019 - Art Palm Springs, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
    Jan. 2019 - L.A. Art Show, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
    Nov. 2018 - Legend of Lunar Beast, Culture Cartel Con, Singapore
    Aug. 2018 - Street Meet!!!, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
    Aug. 2018 - 1983 ATS: Toy Dream Maker, Enjoy Art Gallery, 798 Art District, Beijing
    July 2018 - Market Art + Design 2018 / Art Market Hamptons, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Bridgehampton
    Apr. 2018 - Aloha! Lolligag Custom Show, PIQ, Grand Central Terminal, NYC
    Feb. 2018 - NBA All Star Cross Over, Majestic Hotel, LA
    Dec. 2017 - Toy Stories - Star Wars Edition, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
    Nov. 2017 - Toy Stories, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
    Sept. 2017 - The Art of Daruma, Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention, Singapore
    Aug. 2017 - Show Me The Munny, Rule Gallery / Leisure Gallery, Denver
    July. 2017 - Warner Bros Entertainment x Funko - Marvin The Martian: Space Clones Custom Show, Funko Pop Up Shop, San Diego Comic Con, SD
    Apr. 2017 - TRASHed Coachella: The Art of Recycling, Coachella Festival, Coachella
    Mar. 2017 - Skullhead Samurai Custom Show, FLABSLAB, Singapore
    Oct. 2016 - Artsy Tartsy, Farmers Daughter Hotel, LA
    Oct. 2016 - Confection Affection, New York Comic Con, NYC
    Oct. 2016 - DTA Dunny Show, New York Comic Con, NYC
    Oct. 2016 - Bitches Be Trippin', New York Comic Con, NYC
    Aug. 2016 - Kaleidoscope of Kyoot, Clutter Gallery, Beacon
    May 2016 - the pARTy, NeueHouse, Hollywood
    Apr. 2016 - Hello Kitty & 99 Friends Show, PIQ, Grand Central Terminal, NYC
    June 2016 - All J Long, Suburban Vinyl, NJ
    Jan. 2015 - DTA Dunny Show, Clutter Gallery, Beacon
    Nov. 2014 - Dead As F*ck, DesignerCon, Pasadena
    Aug. 2014 - Monster Kolor Custom Show, PIQ, Grand Central Terminal, NYC
    Aug. 2014 - Toy Box Cleveland, Breakneck Gallery, Lakewood
    July. 2014 - Clutter Custom Show, Clutter Gallery, Beacon
    Dec. 2013 - 20 Rangers for 20 Years, Toy Art Gallery, Hollywood
    Sept. 2013 - TAG Anniversary Show, Toy Art Gallery, Hollywood
    Aug. 2013 - Music To My Ears, Toy Art Gallery, Hollywood
    July 2013 - The Ghost Within Us, San Diego Comic Con, SD
    Apr. 2013 - Designing Outside The Lines, 1AM Gallery, SF
    Mar. 2013 - So Bad Ass It's Good, WonderCon, Anaheim
    Mar. 2013 - Spring Forward, Blu Dot, Hollywood
    Feb. 2013 - Art Without Borders, Art Whino, National Harbor
    Dec. 2012 - Hug, Toy Art Gallery, Hollywood
    Nov. 2012 - Dunny Show, Plastic Chapel, Denver
    Aug. 2012 - Memories Are Made of These, Munky King, Hollywood
    June 2012 - Battle of a Lifetime, Pehrspace Gallery, LA
    Apr. 2012 - Playsam 500, Super 7, SF
    Apr. 2012 - Twisted Mickey, Suntec City Mall, Singapore
    Mar. 2012 - Bellicosity, Toy Art Gallery, Hollywood
    Dec. 2011 - Holiday Bizarr, Crewest Gallery, LA
    Juried Exhibitions -

    Apr. 2017 - TRASHed Coachella: The Art of Recycling Exhibition Preview, Zynderia Studios, LA

  • Award & Recognition


    June 2019 - Winner, Custom of the Year (Fan), Designer Toy Awards, NYC
    Apr. 2017 - Best of Show (Small Recycling Bin), TRASHed Coachella: The Art of Recycling Preview Exhibition, Zynderia Studios, LA
    Sept. 2016 - Breakthrough Artist Nomination, Designer Toy Awards, NYC
    Sept. 2016 - Custom of the Year Nomination, Designer Toy Awards, NYC
    Published Articles -

    June 2018 - Gravitate Featuring Josh Mayhem, CON ART Magazine
    Feb 2018 - Super Player, 24 Page Picture Spread, Designer Books
    Aug. 2017 - Josh Mayhem's Solo Show of Blown Away Works, CoART Magazine
    June 2015 - Mischief & Mayhem, Clutter Magazine
    Nov. 2014 - Josh Mayhem Makes Gunnys & Customizes Munny's, News.EntertainmentEarth.Com
    Apr. 2014 - Josh Mayhem Makes Awesome Custom Toys with Old Gundam Kits, Geek Magazine
    Gallery Representation -

    May 2019 to Present - ARTSop / Arushi Arts, LA, London, New Delhi, Bombay
    July 2018 to Present - Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA, Miami
    Collections -

    Private Collection, Greg Anzalone - CEO Sideshow Collectibles, Santa Barbara
    Private Collection, Matt Altman - Million Dollar Listing, Los Angeles
    Works held in private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, U.K., France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, & Thailand

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