It’s hard to forget the incisively playful artworks of Colorado Springs-based sculptor Sean O’Meallie. Like toys, their bright colors, high contrasts and sleights of wit give them a primordial visual and tactile appeal. What you may not know is that O’Meallie spent many years working in the highly secretive toy business as an inventor and concept designer for one of the very few entrepreneurs who had entree with the big toy companies.

In this first of two features to bookend this holiest of holiday shopping weekends, O’Meallie shows us some of his concepts, designs and a few of the toys he helped create that made it to market.

On Monday when we return after Thanksgiving, we’ll look more closely at the influence his toy designs had on his artwork.

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11 Responses to Toymaker Tell-All (Part 1)

  1. Carol says:

    Well, Sean your secrets are out! Great Big Something on a great artist! Looking forward
    to part 2.

  2. Nancy Wilsted says:

    These are classy and bright designs, way better than the mainstream dreck that does “hit the big time.” Speaking of secrets, shhh…: at 63, I still have my childhood toy chest and dolls. Dragged them out here from Michigan. I sometimes think how ridiculous, but cannot bring myself to part with them. Mine.

  3. Heather says:

    Sean is the best. It was nice to see the toys. Thanks

  4. Merilee says:

    What delightful and creative products – right in our own backyard!

  5. Gail says:

    Wow, Sean! Love the toys! I am particularly entranced with the Pull-Pull-Pull toy. I think that I could play with that for a long while trying to figure out how everything is put together. Thanks for sharing your “secret” work with us.

  6. Mom says:

    and Katrina took all of my collection of Sean’s works that I had stashed in a safe place. I enjoyed this clip and will look forward to Monday’s adventure.

  7. Mike Procell says:

    Loved the last “pull” toy – ya pull it together, pull it apart, pull it all around – very reminiscent of my romantic relationships..

  8. Deb says:

    Great to finally get a glimpse into Sean O’Meallie’s secret past. Today, a masterful and insanely creative Colorado Springs gem. Will you sign my Brio pull toy?

  9. Mandy says:

    I was lucky enough to live next door to Sean and his family for a year or so after college. What a great glimpse into the mind of one our local treasures!

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