Mark Ryden


Mark Ryden creates surrealist-inspired paintings of corrupted children in provocative relationships. Each image is delicately handled with painstaking technique, referencing a culture of destruction through elements of classical painting. The color is masterfully rendered in pale pastels, with a playful child-like quality, while the imagery demonstrates harsh and graphic events and addresses issues of pop culture. In recent years, Ryden has shown with the Earl McGrath Gallery and the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles and New York, as well as with Mondo Bizzarro Gallery in Rome. Ryden had a retrospective with the Frye Museum of Art (2004) in Seattle and with the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2005). The New York Times published an article about his work in 2001.