Artist Michael Leavitt has been paying homage to the living artists around him–and some of the dead ones–through one-of-a-kind Art Army action figures. Made from synthetic polymer clay and elastic, the pieces range from 6- to 12 inches tall and feature art “icons” including Barry McGee (below, bottom), Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, grafitti legend Futura 2000, Shepard Fairey (above), Hieronymus Bosch, Andy Warhol, Barry White, outsider Joe Coleman, culturejammer Ron English (below, top), “Rat Fink” artist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Dale Chihuly, Jim Jarmusch, Billie Holliday and others.
Writes Leavitt of the characters that sell for $400 or more:
This is no customization hobby, and it also ain’t some profound artistic statement. The one-off figures are each original, fully posable mini sculptures engineered for major articulation. They look like real toys, but no Art Army figure is machine manufactured. These action figures don’t fit in any molds. Each is sculpted from scratch as one artists’ offering to an icon.