Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Artist Research: Mark Ryden

Mark Ryder is one of the artists that were always inspiring me. I follow his art quite frequently, and I have noticed that his paintings give out a very uncanny feeling. Even thought they are beautiful and amaze me, the extraordinary use of shapes, objects and colours make the paintings extremely artificial which e
invokes very unfamiliar nearly uncomfortable feeling.  
Mark Ryden in his studio

Facts about Ryden:
Blending themes of pop culture with techniques reminiscent of the old masters, Mark Ryden has created a singular style that blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art. His work first garnered attention in the 1990s when he ushered in a new genre of painting, "Pop Surrealism", dragging a host of followers in his wake. Ryden has trumped the initial surrealist strategies by choosing subject matter loaded with cultural connotation.
Ryden’s vocabulary ranges from cryptic to cute, treading a fine line between nostalgic cliché and disturbing archetype. Seduced by his infinitely detailed and meticulously glazed surfaces, the viewer is confronted with the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence and the mysterious recesses of the soul. A subtle disquiet inhabits his paintings; the work is achingly beautiful as it hints at darker psychic stuff beneath the surface of cultural kitsch. In Ryden's world cherubic girls rub elbows with strange and mysterious figures. Ornately carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance that adds gravity to their enigmatic themes.

The Gay 90's Show
'Virgin and Child' (2010)
'Incarnation' (2009)
'The Piano Player' (2010)
'Omnibus' (2010)


The Snow Yak Show
'Snow Yak' (2008)
'Girl in a Fur Skirt' (2008)


The Tree Show
'68 Stump Baby' (2006)
'Allegory of the Four Elements' (2006)


Bunnies and Bees

'The Magic Circus' (2001)
'YHWH' (2000)

The Meat Show
'The Pumpkin President' (1998)
'Tubbies' (1998)






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