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We're enraptured by Robert Burden's tapestry-esque, 10-foot tall painting of Luke and his Tauntaun from Star Wars. And we're even more impressed of the time-lapse video he created showing how this painting was created. Check out this artist's work.

But Star Wars isn't the only genre classic that has inspired Burden's tapestry and wall-paper paintings. He pulls ideas from the toys he loved and played with as a boy. Which means paintings of Krang, Voltron, Captain America, and two glorious paintings of Battle Cat both in and out of armor.


Burden explains on his website how he finds inspiration from his old toys:

My current paintings are epic "portraits" of 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. I want to depict the toys as fantastically as they had been in my younger self's imagination. 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. Though 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 burdens of history. It was free from rhetoric and paranoia, bitterness 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.

Check out a collection of genre art at Robert Burden's website. Prints of the "The Birth of a Jedi" are $400 each.

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