Mark Ryden is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. He was dubbed “the god-father of pop surrealism” by Interview Magazine. Ryden’s work prominently features meat, kitsch, religion, and more recently, Abraham Lincoln. He explores pop culture with masterful technique.
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Ryden’s vocabulary ranges from cryptic to cute, treading a fine line between nostalgic cliché and disturbing archetype. In Ryden’s world cherubic girls rub elbows with strange and mysterious figures. Ornately carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance that adds gravity to their enigmatic themes.