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Mark Ryden

Ryden’s work is a combination of superb technique and disturbing beauty. His work recalls a parallel universe of 1950's Golden Books and the whimsy of Lewis Carroll. His cheery bunnies, rendered in the glowing hues of children’s books, are likely to be carving slabs of meat rather than frolicking in the forest.  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 the childhood innocence and 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 rub elbows with strange and mysterious figures. Ornately carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance that adds gravity to their enigmatic themes. Mark Ryden received a BFA in 1987 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including a retrospective “Wondertoonel” at the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle and Pasadena Museum of California Art, and in the exhibition "The Artist's Museum" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. His paintings are in the collections of Stephen King, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, Ringo Starr, and Danny Elfman. Contact Us for access to more Mark Ryden original paintings and drawings.
Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers by Mark Ryden

Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers

by Mark Ryden

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The Birth by Mark Ryden

The Birth

by Mark Ryden

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$6,400
Regina Gloriae Naturae (The Creatrix) by Mark Ryden

Regina Gloriae Naturae (The Creatrix)

by Mark Ryden

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$11,999
The Parlour by Mark Ryden

The Parlour

by Mark Ryden

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$899
The Star (Original) by Mark Ryden

The Star (Original)

by Mark Ryden

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A Dog Named Jesus (Original) by Mark Ryden

A Dog Named Jesus (Original)

by Mark Ryden

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Jajo, Patron Saint of Clowns by Mark Ryden

Jajo, Patron Saint of Clowns

by Mark Ryden

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$3,800
Forest Yoshi by Mark Ryden

Forest Yoshi

by Mark Ryden

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Lincoln's Hands by Mark Ryden

Lincoln's Hands

by Mark Ryden

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$2,800
Madonna and Karl by Mark Ryden

Madonna and Karl

by Mark Ryden

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$7,999
The Butcher Bunny by Mark Ryden

The Butcher Bunny

by Mark Ryden

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$4,000
Yoshi by Mark Ryden

Yoshi

by Mark Ryden

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$850
Snow White by Mark Ryden

Snow White

by Mark Ryden

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$10,999
Fur Girl by Mark Ryden

Fur Girl

by Mark Ryden

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Queen Bee by Mark Ryden

Queen Bee

by Mark Ryden

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$899
Tree of Life by Mark Ryden

Tree of Life

by Mark Ryden

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$1,399
California Brown Bear by Mark Ryden

California Brown Bear

by Mark Ryden

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Incarnation by Mark Ryden

Incarnation

by Mark Ryden

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$1,399
Tree of Life (Etching) by Mark Ryden

Tree of Life (Etching)

by Mark Ryden

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$7,999
Meat Magi Concept by Mark Ryden

Meat Magi Concept

by Mark Ryden

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Tree of Mystery by Mark Ryden

Tree of Mystery

by Mark Ryden

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Rosie's Tea Party by Mark Ryden

Rosie's Tea Party

by Mark Ryden

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The Pumpkin President by Mark Ryden

The Pumpkin President

by Mark Ryden

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$999
The Meat Magi by Mark Ryden

The Meat Magi

by Mark Ryden

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Circus Bunny and Elephant by Mark Ryden

Circus Bunny and Elephant

by Mark Ryden

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A Dog Named Jesus by Mark Ryden

A Dog Named Jesus

by Mark Ryden

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$10,999
Princess Sputnik (canvas) by Mark Ryden

Princess Sputnik (canvas)

by Mark Ryden

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Awakening the Moon by Mark Ryden

Awakening the Moon

by Mark Ryden

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$999
Christina by Mark Ryden

Christina

by Mark Ryden

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$2,900
Debutante by Mark Ryden

Debutante

by Mark Ryden

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$4,999
Aurora by Mark Ryden

Aurora

by Mark Ryden

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$999
General Sherman by Mark Ryden

General Sherman

by Mark Ryden

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The Grand Motor Car by Mark Ryden

The Grand Motor Car

by Mark Ryden

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The Creatrix by Mark Ryden

The Creatrix

by Mark Ryden

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