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Toontastic 4: The World's Hottest Toons Exhibition

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Opening Night Extravaganza at ArtBoy Gallery, Prahran
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All images courtesy of ArtBoy Gallery and Brett Willis

As part of the Midsumma Festival, ArtBoy Gallery presents to you their next exhibition of the one and only Toonarama's "Toontastic 4: The World's Hottest Toons!" by the fabulous Brett Willis! This is Brett's 4th solo exhibition and this opening night of nights is going to be outrageous and even bigger than last year! The date to put in your diary is Friday 16 January 2015 from 6pm to 8pm. This 4th sensational Toonarama series Opening Night is a fantastic free event open to the public and features 'tunes' by Uncanny Melbourne DJ David Virgona playing live, Amazing Firemen from the famous Firefighters Charity Calendar - raising funds for the Children's Hospital Burns Unit, a 'super' visit by the Incredible popular Prahran Iron Man, the Mighty buff Bar Boys and a Spectacular Surprise Drag show!

However if by some misfortune you miss out on this extravaganza, the exhibition will continue to run at ArtBoy Gallery - 99 Greville street, Prahran (03) 9939 8993 but only till the 25th of January 2015. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

Brett Willis the cartoonist has brought you 'Toonarama, 2narama and Toonarama 3: Revenge of the Toons' in the past and this time this 'super' cartoon exhibition will consist of 50 limited edition digital artwork caricature prints celebrating Pop Culture Characters, Community Cuties and Cool Celebrities!

The Toon-tastic 2015 cast includes:
Music Icons - David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lennox, Conchita Wurst & P!nk!
Fabulous Fashionistas - Megan Gale and The Real Housewives of Melbourne superstars Gina Liano & Janet Roach!
Fantasy Favourites - Warrior Princess Xena, Torchwood Hottie Captain Jack Harkness, Tomb Raider Lara Croft, and sexy Supernatural brothers Dean & Sam Winchester!
Sexy Sports Stars - Olympic Legend Ian Thorpe, AFL playing 2014 Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, (website Sexy Player 2014 Richmond 'Tiger' Shaun Hampson, all 4 buff Burgess Brothers NRL Stars, Hot AFL Umpire Brett Rosebury, Olympic Diver & Midsumma Cabaret Hottie Matthew Mitcham!
'Too Funky' Music Video stars - Supermodels Linda Evangelista, Tyra Banks, Julie Newmar and George Michael!
"Sex & The Anarchy" TV Mash Up - Sex and the City stars Carrie Bradshaw & Samantha Jones meet Sons of Anarchy bikers Jax & Gemma Teller!
Super 'Hot' Heroes - The Human Torch Chris Evans, Professor X Patrick Stewart, Iron Man Robert Downey Jr, Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord Chris Pratt & cosmic buddy Rocket Raccoon!
Inspirational Icons - Pink Flamingos Stars Divine & John Waters, Showgirl Legend Carlotta, and Anti-Bullying Activist Victorian 2014 Australian of the Year John Caldwell!
Community Cuties - DJ David Virgona, singing star Luke Gallagher, and Melbourne Chargers star Phil!
Special Tribute 'toons' of Michael Hutchence, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers... plus more 'super' surprises!

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Brett with some of his merchandise which you can find on

I had a bit of a short and sweet Q&A session with Brett and here are the results.

Where do you draw your inspiration from when you're deciding what your next exhibition is going to be?

The 'Toonarama' exhibitions showcase the celebrity caricatures of my Facebook page and celebrate pop culture and the cult of celebrity. My second exhibition 2narama featured toon-tastic 2somes, Toonarama 3: Revenge of the toonss was a sequel of a sequel and took on a big screen cast and design, and this year's Toontastic 4 has a definite superhero theme! Opening night will feature DJ David Virgona playing live, a 'super' surprise show, special appearance by the popular Prahran Iron Man, and continuing the hero theme will support the firefighter calendar charity raising much needed funds for the Children's Hospital Burns Unit.

How do you choose which characters you are going to feature in an exhibition and why?

Choosing who to feature in an exhibition is probably the most difficult part - and totally subjective as I like to include celebrities who have inspired me during my lifetime, such as in Toontastic 4, singer Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics for her music and humanitarian service, and Olympic Diver Matthew Mitcham for his sporting achievements and admirable attitude to overcoming adversity. I do feature a number of local identities as a kind of tribute and recognition of their contribution to the community, which can sometimes be overlooked. And of Course as the exhibition is part of Melbourne's Midsumma Festival the cast will always have more of a Fabulous Flavour!

If you were to draw a cartoon caricature of yourself, what would it be? Celebrity? Superhero? or? and why?

I have drawn a couple of toons of myself for promotional purposes... usually in a Superman T-shirt.... and of course with exaggerated muscles! The Superman shirt because he's the ultimate superhero and a long time comic book favourite character of mine, and the bigger muscles because I like my caricatures to be aspirational... If you want realistic - take a photo!

What sort of projects will we see from you in the future?

I have a list of caricature and book commissions to complete once the exhibition is over, but in 2015 I plan to finally start work on a graphic novel which has been put on the backburner for way too many years!

What do you do when you are not working ? (and I mean not working at all at drawing or any other jobs In other words what do you do for leisure?

When not drawing you'll find me at the gym, eating out close to home on Chapel Street, catching up on TV series on DVD (Sons of Anarchy and the final season of True Blood at the moment), or reading comic books - I've collected comics since I was a kid (long time Avengers fan). The amazing work of comic book artists like John Byrne, George Perez and later Ed McGuinness & Joe Madureira have been a massive inspiration in my wanting to draw.

Haha, as you can see even in times of leisure, a comic book is never far away. Thanks to Brett for the Q&A and all the best with the exhibition. I have to admit to owning a piece of Brett's fabulous work. A 'toon' of my son.

ArtBoy Gallery changes things up all the time keeping their gallery fresh, interesting and very affordable for the common man to own a piece of original art by some of our talented own. See you on Opening Night!

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Why? Opening night of the Toontastic 4 Art Exhibition by artist/cartoonist Brett Willis
When: 6pm to 8pm Friday 16 January 2015 (OPENING NIGHT) - the exhibition will continue till 25th January 2015)
Phone: (03) 9939 8993
Where: ArtBoy Gallery - 99 Greville street, Prahran, VIC
Cost: Free Event to attend
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