Saturday, 16 May 2009

Mark Ryden

The Meat Train
Oil on Canvas, 2000
Painting Size: 23" x 17"

The Magic Circus
Oil on Canvas, 2001
Painting Size: 40" x 60"
Framed Size: 57" x 74"

58 The Apology
Oil on canvas, 2006
Painting Size:24" x 32"

Sophia's Bubbles
Oil on canvas, 2008
Painting Size: 30" x 90"

Biography -
"Upon first glance Ryden’s work seems to mirror the Surrealists’ fascination with the subconscious and collective memories. However, Ryden transcends the initial Surrealists’ strategies by consciously choosing subject matter loaded with cultural connotation. His dewy vixens, cuddly plush pets, alchemical symbols, religious emblems, primordial landscapes and slabs of meat challenge his audience not necessarily with their own oddity but with the introduction of their soothing cultural familiarity into unsettling circumstances.

Viewers are initially drawn in by the comforting beauty of Ryden’s pop-culture references, then challenged by their circumstances, and finally transported to the artist’s final intent – a world where creatures speak from a place of childlike honesty about the state of mankind and our relationships with ourselves, each other and our past.

Clearly infused with classical references, Ryden’s work is not only inspired by recent history, but also the works of past masters. He counts among his influences Bosch, Bruegel and Ingres with generous nods to Bouguereau and Italian and Spanish religious painting."
Source: Wondertoonel, Mark Ryden

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