Mark Ryden paintings use of color and light make them have the appearance of a more classical era, but when spin on pop-culture and the use of childlike representation of the world throws your mind out – and makes you investigate a deeper meaning.
Mark’s fascinating style in portraying cultural references in a scene set to slap his original intent right into wondering eyes. Maybe this description will help.
“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.”
Take a look at some of his work…