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Mark Ryden

Welcome to another week. Today I want to introduce you to another of my favourite artists: Mark Ryden.

He is an American painter who is today famous worldwide for his wonderful fairytale-like surreal paintings. He is inspired by artists such as Bosch, Bruegel and Ingres.

Upon first glance Ryden’s work seems to mirror the Surrealists’ fascination with the subconscious and collective memories. However, Ryden consciously chooses 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.

Through his paintings Ryden creates a world where creatures speak from a place of childlike honesty about the state of mankind and our relationships with ourselves, each other and our past.

You can find his webpage here: http://www.markryden.com/index.html

 

Love, Elin

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