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Offbeat Meet the 12-Year-Old Boy Who Makes Surreal-Looking Dolls Using Found Materials

05:20  14 september  2017
05:20  14 september  2017 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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Some dolls are cutesy, but not Callum Donovan-Grujicich's fantastical creations. As Bored Panda reports, the 12 - year - old artist from Whitby, Ontario crafts tiny, surreal - looking figures, some of which have won art show prizes and been featured in national magazines and on TV.

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Both of these art world figures were friends with the artists whose works were found in the garage. Josh Levine, the owner and CEO of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal Thanks to Levine, its provenance has been traced, and forensic scientists have also dated its materials back to the mid 20th century.

Some dolls are cutesy, but not Callum Donovan-Grujicich's fantastical creations. As Bored Panda reports, the 12-year-old artist from Whitby, Ontario crafts tiny, surreal-looking figures, some of which have won art show prizes and been featured in national magazines and on TV.

Donovan-Grujicich first began making art dolls around two years ago, when he was 10. The bodies and faces of the dolls are made from clay, and the limbs from stuffed cloth, but the young artist often uses found objects—like bits of old metal—to create facial features or accessories like hats and jewelry.

"Found objects are a big part of his process and often, he says, the inspiration for the whole sculpture comes from some rusted piece of metal," Donovan-Grujicich's mother, Julia Donovan, tells Mental Floss. "He loves to collect old-looking scrap metal and anything else that he finds interesting."

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Some dolls are cutesy, but not Callum Grujicich's fantastical creations.Some dolls are cutesy, but not Callum Donovan-Grujicich's fantastical creations. As Bored Panda reports, the 12 - year - old artist from Whitby, Ontario crafts tiny, surreal - looking figures, some of which have won art show prizes and

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Aside from art classes at a local gallery, Donovan-Grujicich is entirely self-trained. Someday, he hopes to earn a master of fine arts degree to teach and make art, but for now, the preteen continues to hone his unique aesthetic by making dolls and creating stop-motion animation and live-action films with his brother.

Some people might view Donovan-Grujicich's figures as grim—especially for a kid—but his mother thinks they simply provide a different perspective on beauty.

"A lot has been made of the darkness in Callum's work, which I think has been completely overblown and misunderstood," Donovan says. "Callum is sometimes serious, but not a dark person at all."

You can check out some of Donovan-Grujicich's work, or visit his website for more information.

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