An artist has transformed porcelain figures into British chavs eating fast food and carrying out 'happy-slappings' as part of an extraordinary new collection.
With the addition of mobile phones and hoodies, Barnaby Barford turned the traditional porcelain, bought for a few pounds from junk shops, into models which sell for as much as £8,000.
Sets include a family scoffing buckets of KFC and a hooded boy spraying graffiti on a wall.
Happy meal: An otherwise cherubic street urchin wolfs down a MacDonald's burger and fries
Happy slapping: This model features a boy punching another down while the incident is filmed via camera phone
Other models show a boy wolfing down a McDonald's burger and
more 'hoodies' causing havoc in a park.
One piece entitled 'Do it again, I didn't press record' even shows kids 'happy slapping' a helpless victim - one boy kicks a figure curled up on the floor while his cherub-faced accomplice films it on a mobile phone.
Artist Barnaby Barford said his collection, called 'The Good, The Bad, The Belle', reflects how the youth of today are perceived by the older generation.
The 31-year-old, who lives in London with his wife Valeria, 31, added that there had been a mixed reaction to his unusual figurines.
He said: 'It's been interesting to see different people's reactions to the models.
The artist at work: Barnaby Barford admits that some people find his figurines 'horrific'
'Some people think they're horrific and others think they're funny.
'But in general there's been a great response - people enjoy the humour.
'I think people are shocked because the models catch them off guard - they're seeing these usually traditional, pretty porcelain models in a totally new context.
'In a way it is shocking but I don't believe it's in a gross way.'
Tea time: A well-heeled family chow down on a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Mr Barford uses antique porcelain models, bought from car-boot sales and charity shops, as a base for his collection.
The original models are dismantled by the artist and given a dramatic facelift from, what he calls, the 'idealistic' images of childhood to a more humorous, modern image of youth.
He said: 'Most of the porcelain figures you see in the charity shops represent some ideal of childhood and I wanted to remake that to reflect today's perceptions.'
After cutting up and rearranging the pieces Mr Barford fits his transformed figurines with hoodies and equips them with the necessary mobile phone and fast-food accessories, all of which are painstakingly made by the artist.
The final pieces, which are all unique, are then coated with enamel to complete the porcelain effect.
The whole process takes up to three months.
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Mr Barford said his pieces were not meant to be a criticism of today's youth.
He said: 'I'm not vilifying the youth of today in any way, I'm not telling them off but rather reflecting the way they are perceived.
'I think it's a really pertinent issue today but I didn't want to deal with the subject in a way that would put people off.
'I wasn't trying to get a particular reaction to the collection - these models have different levels, there are different ways of looking at them.
'If you want to have a laugh and just enjoy them visually that's great but there is also the opportunity to extract a deeper meaning.'
Mr Barford's collection is currently on display at the Spring Projects gallery in London.
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