Mark Ryden: Pop Surrealist Extraordinaire

Mark Ryden Incarnation

Mark Ryden, Incarnation, 2009, oil on panel, 86 1/2 x 63 1/2 inches, courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Mark Ryden’s work reflects the epitome of Pop Surrealism, the style most frequently seen on America’s west coast, primarily in L.A.  His new exhibition, The Gay 90s, premieres at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City on April 29th.

He paints in oils with multiple coats of glazing akin to how the Netherlandish artists composed their pieces in the 15th century. Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album cover is a good example of Mark mining old masters for inspiration.

Michael Jackson album Dangerous

Dangerous album cover created by Mark Ryden

He has said that Eraserhead changed his life, so there is no doubt the man has taste.

Bliss magazine cover Mark Ryden

Sept 2008

Read more about Mark in this article from magazine Bliss for which he did the cover art in the September 2008 issue.


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