'Jeff Balloonski Bust' by Whatshisname, 2022
7 x 5 Inches (figure)
9 x 6.2 x 6 Inches (box)
Designer polyresin art bust in high-gloss, antique-white finish.
Limited Edition of 150 (#42/150).
Hand-signed, numbered and dated on bust reverse in black.
New in original, custom box.
Includes artist-issued signed and numbered COA.
ABOUT THE ART
New artwork by Whatshiosname combines elements of classical design as well as modern POP art.
The name itself is a combination of a few things. The first name Jeff is a nod towards ever-so popular and successful "Jeffs" of this generation. The surname – Balloonski is a mixture of two things; the first part "Balloon" is a direct reference to my previously released series of balloon dogs and the balloon dog universe in general. The suffix “ski” is much more interesting and it derives from the Polish language and is very common in Polish surnames.
The “-ski” is a suffix typical for many Polish adjectives, like e.g. “niebieski” (blue), “polski” (Polish), “damski” (female, ladylike) and many others. The surnames ending with “-ski” were originally adjectives. Most of them are ancient surnames of the Polish nobility. Often it derives from the place of family origin. The meaning is simply “of, from, connected with, pertaining to.”.
Hence the noble character Balloonski is a combination of Balloon which is transformed into kin of Balloon which results in the surname Balloonski. I hope I haven’t lost you with this elaborate explanation. 🙂