Chris Brown makes art and kids' toys
Chris Brown has had to overcome quite a bit of bad press in recent years after his very public domestic incident with former flame Rihanna. BET reports the Grammy award winner is currently switching his attention from making music and rocking hip hop clothes to creating art and kids' toys.
According to the source, Brown recently debuted his "contemporary toy line," dubbed Dum English, at the Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Brown declared the line is meant to be "collectible toys and one-of-a kind art sculptures."
Dum English is a collaborative effort between the R&B crooner and pop artist Ron English. All proceeds from sales of the line will go toward Brown's Symphonic Love Youth Foundation.
Brown recently spoke with The Los Angeles Times to discuss the pairing and what it was like to get creative in an entirely different way than making music.
"Hands down right now my guy is Ron English. Ron has to be the more creative, 'out there' artist I see," Brown told the publication. "His work is so precise but at the same time so unorthodox. I think it's incredible to be able to see him do what he does and be a fan."
The toy line will be made by sculpture manufacturer Garageworks Industries and a vinyl toy company called Made by Monsters, the newspaper reports. A limited launch of 1,000 toys will be made for the initial run and an exhibit of Brown's work is currently on display at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, California.
The Symphonic Love Foundation, which will garner the proceeds from sales, was set up by Brown to "provide support and funding for arts programs dedicated to women and the artistic development of children."