Mark Ryden: childhood.macabre.genius
June 10, 2008 § Leave a comment
You know, I forgot how much I love Mark Ryden’s work till last week when I was working on one of the layouts for John O’Sullivan’s poems (this poem anthology we’re putting together at Qube).
His paintings have are so detailed and vivid, you’ll want to visit that world, even if the subtle creepiness of its denizens unsettle you. There are furry creatures you’ve never seen,in settings and situations you can only dream about.
He’s describes as a “pop surrealist”, which is quite succinct, if a little trite. The term seems to bring to mind bright Andy Warhol-colours, which is different from Ryden… his colours are more of a muted palette. Muted, but still rich. I know I contradicted myself there, but I’m not sure how to describe it. Whatever it is, the colours come together beautifully.
There’s also a lot of undertones going on, so it’s fun to see what references/allusions you can pick up amongst the wide-eyed, not-so-innocent children. Religion, satire, current affairs… they’re all there.
So, if you never knew what exactly “macabre” meant in this peachy-pink world, visit Mark Ryden’s gallery .
official website: http://www.markryden.com/
his interviews under ‘PRESS’ make for interesting reads.
his bio on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Ryden