Arcane Divination Dunny Series Artist Reveal: Jon-Paul Kaiser
As this post goes live, J*RYU is signing the Arcane Divination Dunny Series posters at Kidrobot’s SDCC booth which list the artists (four + JRYU) for the upcoming Tarot Card themed blind-box series due in 2017, which he curated and art directed. For those not at SDCC, Kidrobot and J*RYU have asked four Art Toy blogs, including Vinyl Pulse, to each reveal one of the series artists.
It’s our pleasure to announce that Jon-Paul Kaiser will be featured in this momentous series. While one immediately thinks of his signature black+white aesthetic, JPK’s artist statement, sharing his perspective on the project and approach to creating Dunnys representing particular Tarot cards, suggests that we might be surprised by what he’s dreamt up.
''My artwork and tastes have always drawn me towards the darker themes in society; how superstition, religion and death blends with history and in turn is reflected in the artwork from various periods and cultures.
Working on this project has been an incredible experience and it's allowed me to work in a totally different manner; feeling unconstrained by my own previous work and really exploring where I could take the tarot theme - what it meant to me and trying to interpret the stories behind the cards.
Seeing the designs from the other artists in the series has also been a real eye-opener. Under J*RYU's guidance, we have all really pushed the boundaries of what a toy can or should be and in turn this makes these Dunnys stand out as a truly unique series, and to me the strongest series that has ever been produced by Kidrobot."
- Jon-Paul Kaiser