Mark Ryden  (American, 1963) 

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Mark Ryden (American, b. January 20, 1963) is a well-known painter and illustrator who is affiliated with the Pop Surrealist movement. Born in Medford, OR, he is the son of Barbara and Keith Ryden, and he first made his living as a commercial artist from 1988 until 1998. During this time, Ryden designed a plethora of album covers for musical artists, including Aerosmith's "Love in an Elevator" and Michael Jackson's "Dangerous." His first solo show came out the same year in Pasadena, CA, and it was dubbed The Meat Show, because meat was used as a reoccurring theme in many of his works. At the end of his commercial artistic career, Ryden’s designs were used in Juxtapoz magazine, at the request of fellow artist Robert Williams (American, b.1943). The magazine was dedicated to "lowbrow art."

One reason Ryden's work garnered attention was that he chose to focus on subject matter that was rich with cultural connotation. He received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, in 1987, and has since been featured in galleries and museums worldwide. His retrospective Wondertoonel was featured at the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle, WA, and at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, breaking attendance records at both galleries. The Tree Show opened in 2007 at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, which displayed images of people and nature. One such painting, The Tree of Life, depicted a child-like princess atop a tree, with an eye wedged into the bark, and a skull resting at the base. It was included in an exhibit at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA, which showcased local artists who made an impact in the period since MOCA was founded in 1979.

Ryden was eventually named the "godfather of Pop Surrealism" by Interview Magazine, and continues to derive inspiration from mysterious elements, including skeletons, old toys, and religious paraphernalia. He married his longtime sweetheart in 2009, and has raised two children. Ryden currently lives in Eagle Rock, CA.

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Mark Ryden, Untitled

 

Mark Ryden
Untitled
1988

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Mark Ryden, Meat Dress

 

Mark Ryden
Meat Dress
2012

Kohn Gallery
Mark Ryden, Big Friend

 

Mark Ryden
Big Friend
2006

Kohn Gallery
Mark Ryden, Untitled

 

Mark Ryden
Untitled
Peach Editions
Mark Ryden, Rabid Poodle

 

Mark Ryden
Rabid Poodle
1999-2000

Chester's Blacksmith Shop
Mark Ryden, Elephant Demon

 

Mark Ryden
Elephant Demon
1991

Chester's Blacksmith Shop
Mark Ryden, Catherine Sketch #1

 

Mark Ryden
Catherine Sketch #1
2010

Paul Kasmin Gallery
Mark Ryden, Old Tyme Meats Girl Sketch

 

Mark Ryden
Old Tyme Meats Girl Sketch
2010

Paul Kasmin Gallery
Mark Ryden, Old Tyme Meats Sketch

 

Mark Ryden
Old Tyme Meats Sketch
2010

Paul Kasmin Gallery
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Mark Ryden, Untitled

 

Mark Ryden
Untitled, 1988
oil and airbrush on board w/collage

 

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Mark Ryden, Marcher avec le seigneur

 

Mark Ryden
Marcher avec le seigneur, 2010
pencil on paper

 

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Mark Ryden, Untitled

 

Mark Ryden
Untitled, 1979-1980
oil on panel

 

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1963   Born in Medford, OR
1987   BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2009   Pictopia—Festival of New Character Worlds, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
2009   Snow Yak, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2008   Prints from the Cal State Fullerton University Collection II, Cal State Fullerton Main Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA
2007   Charity by Numbers, Corey Helford Gallery, Culver City, CA
2007   The Tree Show, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2007   El Rei de la casa, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
2006   Drawn to Expression, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2005   Au Pays de Merveilles, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
2005   Wondertoonel, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2004   Wondertoonel, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2004   Innocence Found, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2004   100 Artists See Satan, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
2004   Age of Aquarius, Copro-Nason Gallery, Culver City, CA
2004   Modern Love, M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2004   From Your Valentine, Copro-Nason Gallery, Culver City, CA
2004   Juxtapoz 10th Anniversary Group Show, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003   Dark Fairytales, Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA
2003   Group Show, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Raising the Brow, Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Blood, Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Insalta Mista, Mondo Bizzarro Gallery, Bologna, Italy
2002   Bunnies and Bees, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
2002   Von Dutch an American Original, Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge, CA
2002   Hello, PressPop Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002   Gods and Monsters, Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA
2002   Group Show, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002   Draw, Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA
2001   Representing LA, Pictorial Currents in Southern CA Arts, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2001   Representing LA, Pictorial Currents in Southern CA Arts, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA
2001   Group Show, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001   Bunnies and Bees, Earl McGrath Gallery, New York, NY
2001   Amalgamation, Outre Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2000   Margaret Keane and Keaneabilia, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2000   Luck of the Draw, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Invitational III, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Up From the Underground, Hollywood Arts & Culture Center, Hollywood, FL
1999   Group Show, Copro-Nason Gallery, Culver City, CA
1999   Six Forms of Love and Despair, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999   Tiki Group Show, Huntington Beach Arts Center, Huntington Beach, CA
1999   Invitational II, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998   Kittens’n’Kads, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998   Custom II, Acme Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998   No Red Ribbons, Julie Rico Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1998   Tribute to La Luz de Jesus, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998   Group Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1998   The Meat Show, Mendenhall Gallery, Pasadena, CA
1997   Calivera Kustom, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1996   21st Century Tiki, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1994   Side Show, Tamara Bane Gallery, Los Angeles, CA