The Tree Show – Mark Ryden

I managed to get my hands on a copy of Mark Ryden‘s The Tree Show and I gotta say, this man is a genius. The show took place in Los Angeles at the Michael Kohn Gallery from March 10 – April 28, 2007. It makes me wish the book for his most recent Snow Yak show was out already. His upcoming show, The Gay 90’s, looks incredible too, and I am officially head over heels in love with the one piece I have seen from it, called Incarnation. I am sure I will post more on that show soon.

In the book it appears he used drawings from 2005-2007 for the show. Most of his paintings for the show were completed in 2006, except for 2, and 2 digital prints. In his drawings, I can already see some of the Snow Yak show coming through, just in a different carnation.

Also, Ryden seems to put a lot of thought and preparation into each painting. The book shows his drawing for The Apology (12.5 x 16.5), and then it shows a small Apology Color Study (8.5 x 10.76), and then the final work ends up being 24×32 with the carved teak wood frame it ends up being 35×43.

I am also trying to figure out the numbering system used i thought it might have something to do with the completion dates, but some from 2005 are numbered later than some drawings from 2006. The drawings at TS followed by a two digit number eg. TS02 Then the finished oil paintings are just given numbers. Girl Eaten by A Tree is the first one at Number 57 going through in numerical order, the highest piece seeming to be numbered at 83. His digital prints on canvas do not have numbers and in those numbered pieces there is only one graphite drawing (The Secret Riddle of Existence) and two Mixed Media pieces (Cernunnos & Tree Display). Out of those 26 pieces in total – six were completed in 2007, the rest in 2006.

If you haven’t heard of Mark Ryden before, go check his stuff out. It is AMAZING!


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