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 childhood innocence with 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 elbow up against strange and mysterious figures. Ornately carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance that adds gravity to their enigmatic themes.

Mark Ryden graduated from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design in 1987 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. His paintings have been shown in museums and galleries worldwide, including a career-spanning retrospective Cámara de las maravillas at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Málaga, as well as an earlier retrospective “Wondertoonel” at the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle and Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Mark Ryden currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

 

Editions

Magic Circus

offset lithograph
2018
68 x 98 cm
Edition 500
Price on request

Santa Worm

offset lithograph
2018
25 x 30 cm
Edition 999
Price on request

Life is Beautiful

offset lithograph
2017
41 x 36 cm
Edition AP 50
Price on request

Princess Praline

offset lithograph
2017
33 x 99 cm
Edition 1000
Price on request

Queen Bee

offset lithograph
2016
84 x 60 cm
Edition 500
Price on request

Aurora

offset lithograph
2016
99 x 54 cm
Edition 500
Price on request

Awakening the Moon

offset lithograph
2014
97 x 64 cm
Edition AP 50
Price on request

The Parlor

offset lithograph
2014
99 x 66 cm
Edition 500
Price on request

Yoshi – The Forest Spirit

offset lithograph
2011
49 x 59 cm
Edition 1000
Price on request

Pet Yak Walk

offset lithograph
2010
35 x 28 cm
Edition 50
Price on request

Long Yak

offset lithograph
2010
28 x 35 cm
Edition 50
Price on request

Grotto of the Old Mess

offset lithograph
2010
28 x 35 cm
Edition 50
Price on request

Snow Yak

lithograph
2010
37 x 28 cm
Edition 250
Price on request

Tree of Life

offset lithograph
2010
94 x 66 cm
Edition 500
Price on request

Incarnation

offset lithograph
2010
94 x 66 cm
Edition AP 50
Price on request

Fur Girl

offset lithograph
2009
84 x 59 cm
Edition AP 50
Price on request

Tree of Mystery

giclee print
2009
54 x 72 cm
Edition 40
Price on request

Tree of Life

etching
2008
56 x 39 cm
Edition 40
Price on request

The Pumpkin President

offset lithograph
2008
64 x 84 cm
Edition AP 30
Price on request

General Sherman

offset lithograph
2007
100 x 42 cm
Edition 500
Price on request

Rosie’s Tea Party

offset lithograph
2006
72 x 77 cm
Edition 500
Price on request

Christina Ricci

lithograph
2005
61 x 41 cm
Edition 200
Price on request

The Creatix

offset lithograph
2005
100 x 65 cm
Edition 200
Price on request

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Jaski Gallery is situated in the heart of Amsterdam’s Art & Antiques district, where we’ve been since 1988. We specialise in work from the CoBrA movement and contemporary art. The gallery regularly stages exhibitions and takes part in major art fairs such as TEFAF in Maastricht and PAN Amsterdam. We are open seven days a week.

Contact

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 29
1017 DB Amsterdam
Open daily 12:00 – 18:00
+31 20 6203939
info@jaski.nl