Tonka Toys - Set of 3

Tonka Toys On Columns

2011, Oil on Canvas, 3 X 18" x 36"


Corinthian Tonka

2011, Oil on Canvas, 18”x 36”
For me, the juxtaposition of the well used Tonka toy and the elegance of the Corinthian capital form a bridge between an individual’s childhood building toy and their ultimate awareness of architecture. As this theme is consistent throughout the ages, this image is one of 3 in the Tonka set where column caps from the Doric and Egyptian help flow the concept of play to ultimate purpose.


Egyptian Tonka

2011, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 36”
The Egyptian Tonka is the 3rd member of this series. This image uses more of the warm spectrum and is rendered to show the antiquity of this civilization. Further, this historic period predates mechanization so the ‘dump truck’ adds a twist in relationship to time. For fun, the hydrographic depict ‘Peach be with you.”


Doric Tonka

2011, Oil on Canvas, 18” x 36”
The Doric Tonka image employs the same colour pallet as does the Corinthian Tonka painting. In this they compose a joint composition. The toys are placed in similar alignments and, when displayed together, the subjects appear to face each other to ‘contain’ the composition. The comparison of the vastly different column capitals invites the viewer to consider the evolution of human settlement.


Plane on a Box

2010, Oil on Canvas, 18”x 18”
This painting is a simple image of a wonderful toy with its giant key reinforcing the play potential. However, sitting on its box, the plane becomes a cherished possession on a podium and not a play thing but an object to be viewed. The suspension of lost childhood is an emotional undertone of this simple work. The toy is available with purchase of the original painting.

Comic Race

Comic Race

2011, Oil on Canvas, 20” x 20”
Toy tin cars and comic books have a place in many men’s hearts. This painting is a celebration of that time in a boy’s life when play and the fantasy of a being a race car driver fills their imagination. The toy is available with purchase of the original painting.

Marz Observer

Mars Observer

2012, Oil on Canvas, 36” x 18”
Fascinated by Mars!


Clouded Reality

2011, Oil on Canvas, 36” x 24”
This image captures the pleasure of a visual fantasy and the distortion of space as solid vs. void all play out. Childhood dreaming of flight and the human need to fantasize are the uniting factor between the image and its viewer. This is a connection that is vital if art is to reach the inner soul and be meaningful. The subject toy is included with purchase of the original painting



2012, Oil on Canvas, 24” x 24”
This painting is inspired by a 1930’s toy water truck and the contemporary anxiety about fresh water supply. The truck is raised on a pedestal but can staunch its losses…



2012, Oil on Canvas, 24” x 24”
This painting speaks to the interdependence of our earth.

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