24 January 2006

Creepy Artist du jour: Mark Ryden

On the front cover of a literary magazine I was gathering for binding today, this picture caught my eye:


The piece, by Mark Ryden, is titled Meat Magi and is one of many unsettling paintings featuring children, meat, blood, and religious imagery. In the case of Meat Magi, I was immediately attracted to the central skeletal figure (especially as it looks like a child's skull) amid the bright colours, but then I started looking at all the other bits of imagery -- especially the different lettering and symbols.

4 comments:

Zézette said...

I'm glad you found Mark Ryden; I've been seeing his work for a few years at Outré Gallery and have been meaning to tell you about him. Or did I actually do it ages ago? Either way, he's making the world a more interesting place for both of us now.

Cheryl said...

You know, his stuff looked so familiar I'm sure I've seen it before.... so maybe you did mention him.

Rae said...

I love Mark Ryden's stuff. Am on the mailing list... as if I'd ever have enough spending money to buy me a pic. Bah! I wish! :)

Mike Wolf said...

Hey Mike Wolf here _ I'm way down in nastly LA. I'm a painter here are you an artist or something. I see you have a friend Mike deWolfe. Good Name. I collect Rydens stuff, glad to hear it's getting around. New York won't give him any clock, but then again they don't give there own artists clock.