Mark Ryden Gay 90’s Old Tyme Art Show Preview!

Incarnation (#100), 2009
oil on panel
72 x 48 inches; 182.9 x 121.9 cm
framed: 86 1/2 x 63 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches; 219.7 x 161.3 x 11.4 cm

Mark Ryden
The Gay 90’s: Old Tyme Art Show
April 29 – June 5, 2010
Private View, April 29, 6-8PM

Paul Kasmin Gallery presents The Gay 90’s: Old Tyme Art Show, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by the Los Angeles artist Mark Ryden. On view at 293 Tenth Avenue from April 29 to June 5, 2010, this will be Ryden’s first significant solo show in New York since 2003, as well as his first with the gallery. In his hauntingly beautiful and masterfully executed oil paintings, Ryden creates his own contemporary mythologies whose archetypes include fairy tale creatures, historical figures, and pop cultural icons. Seamlessly juxtaposing macabre motifs like meat grinders and disembodied presidents with eye-pleasing ingénues and seductive landscapes, the artist produces a vision of society in which menace and comfort are inseparably interwoven. These labor-intensive canvases deftly rework centuries of art history, combining the grandeur of Spanish and Italian religious painting with the decorative richness of Old Master compositions and the lush textures of French Neo-Classicism.

The central theme of The Gay 90s: Old Tyme Art Show references the idealism of the 1890s while addressing the role of kitsch and nostalgia in our current culture. “In the modern era, sentimentality and beauty have been disdained in the art world,” he explains. “This new work explores the line between attraction and repulsion to kitsch, and between beauty and banality.” Through their visual richness and symbolic complexity, Ryden’s infinitely suggestive dreamscapes invite us to enter their world and to indulge our sense of wonder.

I have actually had dreams about this show and being there, since Incarnation just blew my mind. Luckily, the rest of the pieces are just as amazing in their own way. His unique way of using colour is incredible. This show features his best work to date, in my humble opinion.

Gay 90’s Old Tyme Art Show Preview

All images are Copyright Mark Ryden, Courtesy of artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Pink Lincoln, 2010
oil on canvas with hand carved frame, hand painted by the artist
22 x 16 inches; 55.9 x 40.6 cm
framed: 55 x 34 x 3 inches; 139.7 x 86.4 x 7.6 cm
PK 14152

Mark Ryden Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child, 2010
oil on canvas with hand carved frame, hand painted by the artist
24 x 18 inches; 61 x 45.7 cm
framed: 29 x 23 x 3 inches; 73.7 x 58.4 x 7.6 cm
PK 14089

Mark Ryden The Piano Player

The Piano Player, 2010
oil on canvas with hand carved frame, hand painted by the artist
20 x 30 inches; 50.8 x 76.2 cm
framed: 29 x 39 x 3 inches; 73.7 x 99.1 x 7.6 cm
PK 14088

Mark Ryden The GrinderThe Grinder, 2010
oil on canvas with hand carved frame, hand painted by the artist
37 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches; 95.3 x 64.8 cm
framed: 56 x 32 x 3 1/2 inches; 142.2 x 81.3 x 8.9 cm
PK 14087

Isabelle, 2010
graphite on paper with watercolor washes
19 x 20 inches; 48.3 x 50.8 cm
framing: 25 3/8 x 26 3/8 inches; 64.5 x 67 cm

Olde Tyme Meats, 2010
graphite on paper with watercolor washes
22 x 20 inches; 55.9 x 50.8 cm
framed: 28 3/8 x 26 3/8 inches; 72.1 x 67 cm

Josephine, 2010
graphite on paper with watercolor washes
20 x 15 inches; 50.8 x 38.1 cm
framing: 26 3/8 x 21 3/8 inches; 67 x 54.3 cm

Daisy, 2010
graphite on paper with watercolor washes
17 x 14 inches; 43.2 x 35.6 cm
framed: 23 3/8 x 20 3/8 inches; 59.4 x 51.8 cm

Riding with the Lord, 2010
graphite on paper with watercolor washes
21 x 22 inches; 53.3 x 55.9 cm
framed: 27 3/8 x 28 3/8 inches; 69.5 x 72.1 cm

Catherine, 2010
graphite and watercolor on paper
20 x 15 inches; 50.8 x 38.1 cm
framed: 26 3/8 x 21 3/8 inches; 67 x 54.3 cm

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