#107 – Josh Mayhem
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Los Angeles-based artist Josh Mayhem’s lifelong habit of collecting children’s playthings has fueled his passion for transforming said toys into objects d’art. Among his best-known pieces are those constituting his “Blown Away” collection, in which mass-produced forms are covered in strands of resin and layers of acrylic paint to create gravity-defying drips that give the impression of the work being deconstructed by a strong wind. The popularity of this aesthetic has led to Mayhem winning the Custom of the Year award at the 2019 Designer Toys Awards, multiple releases and collaborations with many of the world’s top designer toy artists and producers, participating in TRASHed: Art of Recycling at Coachella Festival, and solo exhibitions at Clutter Gallery in Beacon NY, Bruce Lurie Gallery in Los Angeles CA (as well as an artist residency), PIQ Grand Central Terminal in NYC, two solo exhibitions at The Crown Collection Gallery in both Denver and Los Angeles, and feature exhibitions at galleries worldwide.
In 2021, Mayhem once again won the Custom of the Year award at the Designer Toy Awards. Also in 2021 Mayhem made his premiere at Art Miami art fair while he concurrently showed his sold out feature exhibition, “Art Figures”.