Feb 16, 2012
Gary Baseman x TLS – Buckingham Warrior Wolyner Forest Edition
From the fertile mind of Gary Baseman comes the Buckingham Warrior – an elaborate 12” art toy produced by The Loyal Subjects. This one’s been in development for quite awhile, so we’re pretty excited to hear it’s about to drop. While many think of Baseman as strictly a painter, he is in fact a storyteller, imbuing each of his characters with a mythology that reflects upon and comments on modern society.
This legendary deer’s story begins in the Woylner Forest where a once idyllic life with his fellow creatures is violently upset by a tyrannical land baron and his men’s efforts to occupy and subjugate the forest. In an act of ultimate resistance, the deer regrows his head and several others after being decapitated in battle, and in so doing so becomes the Buckingham Warrior. Inspired in part by Baseman’s father’s experience of Holocaust survival, the Buckingham Warrior defends not only the forest and the natural world but in a broader context tradition, culture, and ways of life from forces of intolerance and evil. He represents and protects precious ideals such as respect, dignity and freedom on multiple levels.
The green Wolyner Forest Warrior, the first edition of the Buckingham Warrior vinyl art toy, is due in April from The Loyal Subjects. The large-format 12” figure features an elaborate multi-headed sculpt complete with numerous antlers and leaves throughout. The piece offers Baseman’s artistry in a form that can still rightfully call itself a toy. With numerous points of articulation (all three heads, two arms, and three legs) and removable decapitated head and sword, this is an art toy and not merely a vinyl sculpture. Limited to 400 pieces, the 12” Wolyner Forest Warrior will be available for pre-order from The Loyal Subjects on Wednesday, February 22nd @ Noon PST for $115.
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