Designer Toys, Art & Pop Culture

Gaia OG by Hebru Brantley

Official Release Details for Gaia OG by Hebru Brantley are here!

The latest Lil Mama figure, Gaia, is a symbol of good fortune and the personification of Mother Earth. This amulet will provide you and those you love with blessings and protection when placed in a sacred space. Gaia OG is a vinyl figure and the second in a series of 5 colorways. Edition of 1000, $225, 7.5”H x 5.5”W x 5.5”D.

Gaia OG will be available in-person only (no online/phone/email orders or reservations) at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, beginning at 10am on Friday, July 30. Strict limit one per customer/household. Line tickets will be available for those that don't want to stand in a long line all day and will be given out starting Friday at 10am. We will have 225 pieces available for sale.

REMINDER: Masks are required to shop in our store currently, please bring your mask and practice social distancing while in line.

In addition to Rotofugi, Gaia OG will release this Friday, July 30 at 10am PT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET on https://www.hebrubrantley.com/hebrubrandstore and also in person only at Toy Tokyo in New York. For any information about their releases, please contact them directly.


Posted Jul 28, 2021 by Kirby Kerr 0

July Exhibit: Shoko Nakazawa

Ichijitsu Senshu
New Works by Shoko Nakazawa
July 17-August 15, 2021

Starting mid-July we kick off a three show run of all Japanese artists, presented in conjunction with The Little Hut, How2Work, and Paradise Toys! Up first, a new exhibit by none other than Shoko Nakazawa!

Perhaps best known for her adorable Byron character and sofubi, Shoko is a talented designer, painter and sculptor and we are excited to be hosting her second US solo exhibit in partnership with The Little Hut. The exhibit title, Ichijitsu Senshu, loosely translates to "when you're waiting for something impatiently one day seems like a thousand autumns." Given how the last year or so has gone, it's a sentiment I'm sure we can all relate to!

Original works will be available first to members of our previews email list...sign up at previews.rotofugi.com to receive an email when works are available — we try to have a preview out a day or two before an exhibit opens. Sofubi/figure releases will be available first to attendees of exhibit's opening weekend, with online sales of remaining stock to be made available via our website in the week following.

The exhibit will be open for viewing at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago beginning Saturday, July 17, 10am-6pm, however, we are being cautious and will not be holding an opening reception.

Ichijitsu Senshu continues through August 15th or view online at gallery.rotofugi.com.

About the Artist

Shoko Nakazawa has dedicated her work to produce a world of decadence and nature through the creation of human and fantastic creatures using acrylic paint and digital media. She uses vivid colors to create two dimensional images and three dimensional figures. She has participated in art events at home and abroad.


Posted Jul 05, 2021 by Kirby Kerr 0

June Exhibit: Atom Basham

Dungeons & Drag Queens
New Works by Atom Basham
June 19-July 11, 2021

For June we're wrapping up a three-show run of some of our favorite Chicago-based artists with a new show by Atom Basham!

Atom's world of monsters, freaks, outcasts and aliens is full of color and humor, all rendered expertly in a dense illustrative style — we can't wait to show you what he's been up to!

Works will be available first to members of our previews email list...sign up at previews.rotofugi.com to receive an email when works are available — we try to have a preview out a day or two before an exhibit opens.

For those in Chicagoland, the exhibit will be open for viewing and sales beginning Saturday, June 19, 10am-6pm, at 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., however, we are being cautious and will not be holding an opening reception.

Dungeons & Drag Queens continues through July 11th and the gallery is open for viewing at 10am-6pm daily, or view online at gallery.rotofugi.com.


About the Artist

Atom Basham is an illustrative painter based in Chicago's historic Flat Iron Arts Building, in a work studio/gallery open to the public seven days a week. His painting style, generally done in acrylic and ink, attempts to tell tiny self-contained stories reminiscent of children's book illustrations, though with a darker slice of humor where the main characters often get eaten.

He takes his day to day inspirations from books, fellow artists, toys, films, and a constant obsession with '80s pop culture. When he's not hard at work in his studio, he can usually be found trying to figure out what one of his boston terriers have just swallowed.


Posted Jun 01, 2021 by Kirby Kerr 0

May Exhibit: JC Rivera

It's Tricky
New Works by JC Rivera
May 15-June 13, 2021

This month we continue a three show run of Chicago-based artists with one of the most prolific and loved muralists our fair city has seen in recent years: JC Rivera!

JC has been getting up on walls all over Chicago and beyond (not to mention canvases, prints, toys and more) with his now iconic character "The Bear Champ" for the last decade, spreading a message of hope and perseverance.

For this new show, JC has created a series of 100% hand-painted skateboard decks...we can't wait!

Works will be available first to members of our previews email list...sign up at previews.rotofugi.com to receive an email when works are available — we try to have a preview out a day or two before an exhibit opens.

For those in Chicagoland, the exhibit will be open for viewing and sales beginning Saturday, May 15, 10am-6pm, at 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., however, we are being cautious and will not be holding an opening reception.

It's Tricky continues through June 13th and the gallery is open for viewing at 10am-6pm daily, or view online at gallery.rotofugi.com.


About the Artist

JC Rivera is a Chicago-based artist known for his large-scale murals, paintings, designer toys, and illustrations based on his original character The Bear Champ.

Rivera’s signature character represents the underdog and the drive to keep going no matter how tough the opponent. The Champ is known for his signature phrase “Just roll with the punches” and he lives by that motto! Rivera and his character have been spreading this message around the world for almost a decade!


Posted May 07, 2021 by Kirby Kerr 0

April Exhibit: Bird Milk

Birdbrain

Birdbrain
A Collection of New Work by Bird Milk
April 17-May 9, 2021

We're kicking off Chicago's warm weather season (hopefully) with a new exhibit featuring one of our city's prolific muralists, none other than Bird Milk! Based in Pilsen, Bird Milk has been bringing color and life to walls around town for years and putting smiles on faces in the process! We're super excited to be presenting a new body of work so you can bring a little Bird Milk to your home!

The exhibit will be open for viewing and sales beginning Saturday, April 17, 10am-6pm, but we are being cautious and will not be holding an opening reception.

Sign up for our gallery previews email list at previews.rotofugi.com to receive an email when works are available to purchase online — we try to have a preview out a day or two before an exhibit opens, though sometimes it doesn’t go out until sometime after the opening.

The exhibit continues through May 9th and the gallery is open for viewing at Rotofugi, 2780 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, 10am-6pm daily, or view online at gallery.rotofugi.com.


About the Artist

Bird Milk is a Pilsen-based artist and muralist with a background in illustration and character design. Mostly known for his droopy eyed characters and "voluptuous" birds, Bird Milk has a wide variety of goofy characters that are created to put a smile on the viewers face. His work can be seen on the streets of Chicago in the form of stickers and murals throughout the city.


Posted Apr 09, 2021 by Kirby Kerr 0
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