Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Mark Ryden's Fantastical Universe - REPOST

Somehow this original post got lost on the server, so here it is again in all it’s... glory? PopDrawer’s first post ever.


Might as well start with an undisputed member of Pop Surrealism’s royalty, the remarkable Mark Ryden. Mark’s work (along with the work of Shag) was what first started my on this journey about 10 years ago. His work draws on references such as historical icons (e.g. Lincoln), prehistoric plants, vintage toys, dime-store art, to name just a few, all done with classical technique. He has said in interviews that he “truly feels the world is a wondrous and miraculous place” and it shows in his paintings.

Mr. Ryden’s work are just about as unaffordable as art gets in the particular subculture that this site covers, but PopDrawer wants to focus on art in all forms, not just canvas originals. I’ve seen Mr. Ryden’s orginals go for anywhere from $10,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars, but his limited editions generally sell for $2000 to $3000. And his books are far less. Products usually sell out, but here you can buy a copy of Fushigi Circus, an excellent compilation of work published by a Japanese press.

The image here is a work from the recent Art Basel in Miami. Enjoy!

Mark Ryden's official site

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