Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rainbow Bloodbath & Care Bear Carnage

The thing that I remember the most about the eighties, being the age I was, is the toys. So I started by compiling a list of people’s favorite toys from the 80s (great conversation starter by the way, if you’re the kind of person that likes meeting new people everywhere you go!). In doing some research I discovered that many of the more feminine and cutesy characters were originally created by greeting card companies and only later became toys and/or cartoons. For example, Rainbow Brite was created by Hallmark and Strawberry Shortcake was created by American Greetings. I found this amusing that they were essentially greeting card corporate adversaries, so it was only natural to pit them against one another for my piece, “Rainbow Bloodbath”:

I also did a second piece, “Care Bear Carnage”, pitting one of the Care Bears (also created by American Greetings) against the popular 80s talking bear toy Teddy Ruxpin.

I also hand-painted each frame purple. TOTALLY RADICAL DUDE!!!

20 comments:

Eric Braddock said...

Oh. My. God. These are incredible, Jude. These made my day.

(those are also quite the fuchsia frames you have there, a very nice fit indeed)

Maryann said...

these are awesome and hilarious! are these painted or embroidered or what?

Chogrin said...

A-mazing!

Jude Buffum said...

The smallest I can paint pixels is about 1/4" so I couldn't keep them small enough for the size requirements for the show. These are giclee prints on canvas, edition of 25. I know we can't sell multiples at the show, so if someone buys these they'll get them framed, the rest will be sold unframed on my website.

Murderous T Stabwell said...

holy christ, i want 6! this might just be the perfect piece for the show...

Tim Durning said...

Ha! perfectly executed, er, I mean- "Flawless Victory"

Daniel Fishel said...

Blows my mind up!

BleedingEdges said...

adorably brutal

Minder S. said...

Fantastic.

pw! said...

i think i may have to buy one off the website then. you realize these are possibly going to be the coolest funniest part of the 80s show right? goddamn, please post more too!

Amy. said...

Yeah, I need to own these.

GOGOPEDRO said...

VERY COOL... I lots of good stuff....
Like the Fact that you used TENDERHEART BEAR though in the Care Bear image....It was the carebare I had growing up..and I am not ashamed of that one bit....He's bad ass...I mean he tears peoples hearts out..

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Kat said...

Oh man, where can I buy one of these?

Jude Buffum said...

@GOGOPEDRO I was originally going to use Cheer Bear so they'd be different colors, but once I started thinking about incorporating mortal kombat fatalities, Tenderheart seemed perfect

MMoniker said...

Crazy rad! Such a quaint technique, for such brutal 80's melees! Hilarious.

Jude Buffum said...

Added them to my online shop:
http://bit.ly/ty2Ze

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