Los Angeles based artist Josh Mayhem's (b. 1979) 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 being nominated for Designer Toy 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, having a solo exhibition at Clutter Gallery in Beacon NY, a solo exhibition and artist residency at Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles CA, a solo exhibition at PIQ Grand Central Terminal NY, and an exclusive partnership with China's leading art toy retailer, 1983 TOYS.

In the process of creating his well-known sculptural works, Josh Mayhem has used dozens of gallery-quality canvases as drop cloths. And as each became decorated with an accumulation of colorful drips, patterns began to emerge in the artist's mind. Augmenting each one with coatings of synthetic resin and additional painted splashes, these Gravitate series exude complexity through the floating effect the various layers create.


Solo Exhibitions

Aug. 2019 - Hypebreeze, The Crown Collection Gallery, Denver
Oct. 2018 - Cuteness in The Wind, PIQ, Grand Central Terminal, NY
May 2018 - Gravitate, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
Aug. 2017 - Josh Mayhem Solo Show, Clutter Gallery, Beacon

Group Exhibitions

Feb. 2019 - Art Palm Springs, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
Jan. 2019 - L.A. Art Show, Bruce Lurie Gallery, LA
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, NY
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, NY
Oct. 2016 - DTA Dunny Show, New York Comic Con, NY
Oct. 2016 - Bitches Be Trippin', New York Comic Con, NY
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, NY
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, NY
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



Awards

Apr. 2017 - Best of Show (Small Recycling Bin), TRASHed Coachella: The Art of Reycling Preview Exhibition, Zynderia Studios, LA

Sept. 2016 - Breakthrough Artist Nomination - Designer Toy Awards, NY

Sept. 2016 - Custom of the Year Nomination - Designer Toy Awards, NY

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

Collections

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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