Wondertoonel – The Eerie Paintings of Mark Ryden

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TubbiesThere is something haunting and familiar about Mark Ryden’s work— like a long forgotten childhood nightmare. Welcome to an eerie and surreal Wonderland complete with Abe Lincoln, creepy rabbit dolls, occult symbology, meat, blood, and bees.

Ryden has painted goth-doll portraits of Christina Ricci (of course), Buffy, Bjork, and others. Even the tele-tubbies have been twisted on his oil and canvas.

Mark Ryden’s paintings instantly trigger a warped deja vu. His work recalls a parallel universe of 1950s 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. Ryden’s work mingles superb technique with outre images to create a world of strange and disturbing beauty. “At once intriguing and unsettling, baffling and enchanting, [Ryden’s] works … are subtle amalgams of many sources and influences as wide-ranging as Psychedelic and Vienna School artists Neon Park and Ernst Fuchs, to classical French formalists Ingres and David.�? — Panik

Mark Ryden

On his own website (MarkRyden.com) Ryden’s work is described in this manner:

Viewers are initially drawn in by the comforting beauty of Ryden’s pop-culture references, then challenged by their circumstances, and finally transported to the artist’s final intent – 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.

According to redbull34 from fabia.website-lab.com Ryden has some famous fans:

Mark’s paintings are treasured by collectors from Australia to Sweden. A few of his clients include Stephen King, Leonardo DiCaprio, Patrick Leonard, Ringo Starr, Danny Elfman, Kirk Hammett, Paul Leary, Chris Carter, Don Was, Kidada Jones, Bridget Fonda, Henry Selik and the famous anti-mogul Long Gone John.

Anima MundiFor just over 500 bucks [US] you can pick up the 152 page hardcover The Art of Mark Ryden: Anima Mundi. Now that’s something you wouldn’t want to spill coffee on…

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