This Artist Puts A Disturbing Twist On Something We All Loved As Kids

Mar 29, 2016

When it comes to embodying all things innocuous, toys reign supreme.

Whether they’re fashion-savvy Barbies or Star Wars-themed LEGOs, playthings are consistently innocent. That’s kind of the point. While we deal with the incessant onslaught of adulthood and its many harsh realities, little ones get to whittle away the hours in the company of their favorite plastic, plushy friends.

But one artist and toy designer by the name of Jason Freeny (previously) puts a deliciously dark spin on childhood staples like balloon animals and gummy bears.

As the son of a costume designer and a professor of sculpture and painting, Freeny was destined for quirky, artistic greatness.

As the son of a costume designer and a professor of sculpture and painting, Freeny was destined for quirky, artistic greatness.

The multidisciplinary creator’s career really took off after he started building anatomical toy sculptures in 2007.

The multidisciplinary creator's career really took off after he started building anatomical toy sculptures in 2007.

Drawing influence from the likes of Andy Warhol and M.C. Escher, Freeny’s work is at once whimsical and twisted.

Drawing influence from the likes of Andy Warhol and M.C. Escher, Freeny's work is at once whimsical and twisted.

There’s something refreshing about his flair for butting the frigidity of scientifically accurate anatomy up against the frivolity of toys that we all recognize.

There's something refreshing about his flair for butting the frigidity of scientifically accurate anatomy up against the frivolity of toys that we all recognize.

Over the years, his designs have been picked up and produced by toy companies in Hong Kong and the U.S.

Over the years, his designs have been picked up and produced by toy companies in Hong Kong and the U.S.

The best part? You can build some of these sculptures yourself!

The best part? You can build some of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=srs%3D7526291011%26search-alias%3Dspecialty-aps&amp;field-keywords=jason+freeny" target="_blank">these sculptures</a> yourself!

It’s not often that we’re invited to spend some time inside an artist’s mind, so if you want to pick up a few models, head over to Amazon. For regular updates, pay Jason Freeny’s website a visit — and you should follow him on Facebook and Instagram while you’re at it!

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