Friday Inspiration – Mark Ryden

Here’s a detail from the painting:

I’ve posted about my love of this artist before. He’s one of my all time favorites. Mark Ryden. His strange fascination with meat and Abraham Lincoln. His attention to detail. His color pallet. But, I think what I love most is how his work makes me feel. When I look at his paintings, I get lost. Lost in a far away place that takes me across the line of reality into a world of fantasy and all things bizarre.

He has a new gallery show opening April 29th at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, NY. It’s running through June 5th 2010 and I would love to be able to go! At this show, you’re able to watch a video of Mark painting “Incarnation”, one of the pieces for this new show. Fortunately, the video is on Youtube and I’m happy to link to it HERE. It’s 4 minutes and 27 seconds long.

The video shows how the foundation for the painting is created on the canvas. I wish, just a little that I had been able to see the entire process, but then maybe some of the mystery would be taken away. I do love the mystery of his work. How the figures seem so ethereal and how everything seems so real in its surreal state. One day, I hope to own one of his paintings. That would just tip me over the edge.

Happy Friday!

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