About this project
Initial Funding Reached! Stretch Goal is $34k for a 3rd Star Wars Painting!
A huge thank you to all of those that have already made pledges to help the creation of two enormous Star Wars paintings. We're now in 'Stretch Goal' territory to reach $34k and create a third huge Star Wars painting. Don't forget to vote in the Tournament that is currently happening on my Facebook page! If we can reach 42k then there will be a final vote between Aliens, Indiana Jones, She-Ra, Robotech, Superman and TMNT in order to decide what will be the focus of my next enormous project after the series of Star Wars paintings is complete in 2014.
The Goal of the Project
I am determined to create my dream Star Wars action figure paintings. If I can raise my funding goal I will create my most ambitious project yet: 2 epic 10 foot x 14 foot oil paintings.
Vote for Your Favorite Star Wars Character, Vehicle and Creature
Each painting will depict dozens of different toys from the Star Wars universe. But I want you to help me determine the central subject of each painting. In one painting a character toy will be the central subject. In the other painting a vehicle toy or creature toy will be the central subject. On my Facebook page you will be able to cast your vote for your favorite Star Wars toys in two separate brackets. (www.facebook.com/robert.burden.art)
Creating labor-intensive paintings at this scale will truly be a massive undertaking. I have dedicated the past 7 years of my life to this body of work, and have already created more than 20 large-scale paintings depicting the action figures of my youth. But I now need your help with my most ambitious project yet!
These are the general costs:
- oil paints
- additional action figures
- custom expansion bolt stretchers
- mould making
- Uhaul transportation
- art photography
- studio rent
Why I make these paintings...
In 2006 I began a series of large-scale oil paintings based upon the small action figures that I played with as a boy. I remember these figures as being magnificent. They represented power, beauty, good and evil, and they captured every aspect of my imagination. As a young adult, these toys are wonderfully nostalgic, but they're no longer amazing to me. The original toy is often framed in a shadowbox attached to the painting, acting as a modern reliquary for these figurines. The ineffability of what can turn a cheap yet coveted piece of plastic into an almost talismanic object was the original inspiration for this work. I am also motivated by the amorphous line that is drawn between imagination and reality, childhood wonder and adult practicality. Although it was sheltered and naive, there was a freedom in my childhood. It was free from the politics of race and religion. It was free from the weight of history. It was free from rhetoric and paranoia, shame and regret, cynicism and despair. There is nothing profound about commenting on the minor tragedy of losing one's innocence, or the struggle to maintain one's idealism. I just want to renew my faded sense of awe. I hope that some of my paintings can accomplish this task.
Meet the Artist
Robert Xavier Burden paints toys. Like millions of other kids, he grew up in the suburbs drawing animals, cars, and action figures. He even tried to launch his own line of baseball trading cards when he was 9 years old. It didn't work out. But the spirit hasn't changed. He now lives and works in San Francisco as an artist and part-time art teacher.
Examples of Previous Work
SOME OF THE GIFTS...
LIMITED EDITION GICLEE PRINTS
Available as gifts for a range of pledge levels are limited edition fine art giclée prints of selected Toy Box paintings. After the limited run is gone there will not be any more prints produced of these works. Each print has been signed, numbered, stamped and placed inside of a polyethylene archival slip for protection. The paper is 16" x 20" Hahnemuhle archival fine-art paper or 36" x 24" Hahnemuhle William Turner archival fine-art paper. Each print is shipped flat in a custom print box. All domestic print sales are shipped through FedEx Ground. All FedEx packages are registered with tracking numbers and guaranteed to arrive within the estimated time of delivery (usually 3-5 business days). For quality assurance and safety reasons, packages that are not signed for will be held at the nearest FedEx depot center. All print orders outside of the United States will be shipped through the USPS.
36" X 24" fine art paper
16" x 20" fine art paper
"ETERNIA" Short Sleeve T-shirt.
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"DEFENSOR MUNDI" Long Sleeve Shirt.
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"REBELLION" Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt.
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Sizes: 24"x36" & 12"x18" & 36"x48"
ORIGINAL 8" X 8" FRAMED OIL PAINTINGS ($450 pledge)
ORIGINAL FRAMED OIL PAINTING OF KRANG ($2500 pledge)
ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING OF C3PO, BOBA FETT OR STORMTROOPER ($4000 pledge)
114 inches tall. The paintings are still in an unfinished underpainting stage in the photo below. Finished paintings will be full color.
Risks and challenges
If I can reach my funding goal then these two paintings will definitely happen. With labor-intensive work of this scale, it is always difficult to be precise in determining how long it will take to complete each painting, but I am determined to bring them to fruition as quickly as possible without compromising the integrity and ambition of the project. Although these two proposed paintings would be larger than anything else that I have already made, I feel confident that any unforeseen problems that may arise can be solved without serious delay. I have faith in this project, and I hope you will, too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter