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NICK STATHOPOULOS
Toy Porn 3

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In the third of his TOY PORN exhibitions at NG ART Gallery, artist and Archibald finalist Nick Stathopoulos returns to his beloved vintage toy collection for one last nostalgic outing.

In this series of paintings, Stathopoulos explores issues of love, loss, abandonment, and obsession, all rendered in his distinctive hyper-realistic style.

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They're back!

 

In the third of the TOY PORN exhibitions at NG ART Gallery, artist and Archibald finalist Nick Stathopoulos returns to his beloved vintage toy collection for one last nostalgic outing.

The previous TOY PORN exhibitions (in 2009 and 2011) were hugely popular and sell-outs. The title refers to the fetishistic and obsessive love of the toys that Nick grew up with. His toys have been kept in their original boxes, and despite the inevitable aging, are preserved in near mint condition.

 

 

"I think this is going to be the last of the TOY PORNs," according to Nick. "Three shows drawing on my extensive vintage toy collection is enough." There's a wistful tone to his voice, "I love painting my toys, but I think it's time to move on." Does this mean he's finally grown up? "Oh no…as if that's ever going to happen!"

In this series of paintings, Stathopoulos explores issues of love, loss, abandonment, and obsession, all rendered by hand in his distinctive hyper-realistic style.

"These are complex, time consuming paintings. People assume they're painted with an airbrush, but they're not. I grind the paint into the surface of the canvas, and the result is a finish without any of the usual brushstrokes."

 

 

His favourite subjects are back – Tintin and Astroboy of course – along with some new toys including the Lost In Space Robot with the Jupiter 2 saucer, Felix the Cat, and a Jessie doll from TOY STORY 2 found abandoned in a gutter. "There's something indescribably poignant and tragic about this image," says Stathopoulos. "Didn't the child who threw this doll away learn anything from the film? Obviously not!"

TOY PORN 3 opens at NG Art Gallery, 3 Little Queen Street Chippendale, and runs from 24th September to October 12, 2013. www.ngart.com.au

 

 

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

Toy Porn

Toy Porn 2

For further information, please email ng@ngart.com.au

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