If you ever enjoyed the Little Golden Books or read Mad Magazine or even watch cartoons as a child you will enjoy Mark Ryden work of art. Why I enjoy his work of art comes from creating mystery with old toys, stuffed animal and religious patrons. Mark Ryden was born in Medford, Oregon on January 20, 1963, but was raised in Southern California with his parents and two brothers and two sisters. His father Keith Ryden made a living from customizing cars and restoring them. As a child Mark would draw in school and his teachers would question why he would draw an animal with their guts hanging out. To mark it was a work of art and his family supported him, but to his teacher it was frighten and he enjoyed it very much. Mark believed that the more he stuffed his head with things like pictures of bugs, books of space, science, medical illustrations and many more things that he can mixed them all up and make his own art. To him certain things just fit right. In 1987 Mark Graduated from Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. During his early periods Mark Ryden made a living as a commercial artist until Robert Williams former member of Juxtapoz magazine ask him to work with him. Juxtapoz magazine only showcases lowbrow artist and it is the second bestselling art magazine in the U.S. Lowbrow is also often known by the name pop surrealism. Pop surrealism has been influenced from classic cartoons, comic books, soft porn and scifi. Around 1988 to 1998 Mark design the book cover for Stephen King’s novel “Desperation” and “The Regulators. Mark also designed the Red Hot Chili Pepper “One hot minute”, Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator” and Michael Jackson “Dangerous” album cover. His painting also of young girls with big eyes and super large heads with very pretty innocent faces, but not knowing if they really innocent. I find some of his picture a bit creepy like the fetal that Abraham Lincoln is pulling out from a tree trunk and holding it while the young innocent girl is looking at it. I wonder if there is a meaning to this disturbing painting. The painting of some young kids having fun in a circus it looks like Mark was having fun in this painting by adding some toys, but I notice again their is a fetus on the floor the young boy is staring at which I know some people would find it a bit disturbing. If you have a sense of humor you would enjoy Mark Ryden Pop surrealism art.
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