Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mark Ryden

Here is an artist work that I enjoy a lot, Mark Ryden. What I love about his style is that it's very cute, but the cuteness is distorted and put in screwed up situations. I also love the way he uses oil for his paintings. The way he does his figures' eyes always leave me feeling like they are haunting me after I've looked at them. Below is some cool information about him.

Ryden's work has been featured in lowbrow art publications such as Juxtapoz and Ryden has collaborated with other lowbrow artists such as Gary Baseman and Tim Biskup, in addition to composers Stan Ridgway (Wall of Voodoo) and Pietra Wexstun. In November 2001 Ryden staged his debut New York exhibition with the Earl McGrath Gallery which then traveled on to the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA. Ryden has designed album covers for musicians including Michael Jackson, Ringo Starr, Jack Off Jill, Scarling, Screaming Trees and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and his paintings are in public and private collections. Ryden’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including a recent museum retrospective “Wondertoonel” at the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle and Pasadena Museum of California Art. Ryden is also a subject of "The Art Army" hand-made action figures by Michael Leavitt. Ryden's The Tree Show exhibit in March 2007 at the Michael Kohn gallery in Los Angeles featured oil paintings and sculptures. The largest of the paintings, "The Tree of Life," sold for $800,000 before the exhibit opened. Kirk Hammett of the heavy metal band Metallica recently commissioned Mark Ryden to paint one of his guitars. Hammett is pictured holding the guitar on the cover of "Guitar World's April 2009 issue. In February 7, 2009 Ryden's exhibition "The Snow Yak Show" was shown at the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo.

For more of his work, look at his website:


  1. I'm such a fan of Mark Ryden! His really smooth style is such a contrast to the bizarre subjects that he paints. All of his work has a really eerie quality to it.

  2. m'loves!! this is so cool. its kinda bizarre, but the work looks really developed and detailed. ill prolly be checkin out his stuff. thx

  3. this reminds me of the painter Titian's version he did of the venus. its a pretty well know painting about a courtesan woman who was alleged to be impregnated by god who came through her chamber window and brought her gifts of fortune. while she laid in her bed in pretty much that same position and a white dog sat beside her as a sign of purity.

  4. Good comment from Myles: I'd recommend for everyone to do a little research and find other images that this illustration refers to. There is a long tradition in art for this kind of pose. I would like for everyone in the class to do more research and see the references to other art that artists are sometimes making (especially Ryden's detail-packed work).

    Bianca, I'd like to rad more of your own text. that last paragraph reads like a cut-and-paste job from another website. Even if you give us a link to something like this and tell us what you got out of seeing his work process: