Schoony’s background is rooted in special effects and prosthetics for the film industry, with his career spanning over twenty-five years. Since the age of fifteen he has worked on over a hundred films, his work and reputation for high class pioneering techniques has reached the far corners of the world. Among Schoony's most recognisable images is his Boy Soldier.
“I wanted to make something alive,” says Schoony whose model was his nephew, Kai.
“The helmet idea came from my work on Black Hawk Down, the grenades from Saving Private Ryan.
“Sending children to war is horrific and highlighting this injustice is really important to me. My nephew is aged seven in this art piece; the age of some of our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq as they would have been ten years ago. It is a future I do not want for my nephew.”
Schoony's Boy Soldier Deckchair will be with us at Art Car Boot Fair this Sunday 12 June.
If you can't make it down to Brick Lane on Sunday you can buy yours at this link