Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Pop Surrealism

In Mark Ryden's work, subconscious and memories are intertwined with cultural references in highly unsettling compositions. Uneasiness, incomprehension, fascination and admiration are just a few of the uprising reactions when confronted to the sweet, pop-culture filled but also grotesque and politicly incorrect atmosphere of the paintings. Inspired among others by Bosch, Bruegel and Ingres, Mark Ryden presents his work under names such as "The Tree Show", "Blood" and "Bunnies and Bees". Here are some of his latest paintings and drawings from the collection called "The Snow Yak Show".

Mark Ryden, Long Yak, Oil on canvas, 12" x 30", 2008

Mark Ryden, Sophia's Bubbles, Oil on canvas, 30" x 90", 2008

Mark Ryden, Heaven, Oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2008

Mark Ryden, Snow Yak, Oil on panel, 11" x 15", 2008

Mark Ryden, Grotto of the Old Mass, Oil on canvas, 24" x 36", 2008

Mark Ryden, Long Neck Yak, Graphite on Paper, 15" x 9", 2008

Mark Ryden, Girl Sleeping on a Yak, Graphite on Paper, 10 1/2" x 13", 2008

Mark Ryden, Yak with Babies, Graphite on Paper, 7" x 10", 2008

Mark Ryden, Young Yak, Graphite on Paper, 13 1/2" x 10 1/2", 2008

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