Tuesday, May 16, 2006
I stumbled upon Mark Ryden's art accidently a few years ago and I find it strangely fascinating. Mark Ryden apparently came to preeminence in the 1990’s during a time when many artists, critics and collectors were quietly championing a return to the art of painting. With his masterful technique and disquieting content, Ryden quickly became one of the leaders of this movement on the West Coast. 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. The painting featured here is called Princess Sputnik.