Mark Ryden Bio

Mark Ryden, American (1963 - )

Born in Medford, Oregon but raised in Southern California…Mark Ryden is an American painter, part of the Lowbrow (or Pop Surrealist) art movement. He was dubbed "the god-father of pop surrealism" by Interview Magazine. Artnet named Ryden and his wife, the painter Marion Peck, the King and Queen of Pop Surrealism and one of the ten most important art couples in Los Angeles. Ryden's aesthetic is developed from subtle amalgams of many sources, from Ingres, David and other French classicists to Little Golden Books. Ryden also draws his inspiration from anything that will evoke mystery: old toys; anatomical models; stuffed animals; skeletons and religious ephemera found in flea markets

From 1988 to 1998 Ryden made his living as a commercial artist. During this period he created numerous album covers including Michael Jackson's “Dangerous”, the 4 Non Blondes’ “Bigger, Better, Faster, More!”, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' “One Hot Minute”, Jack Off Jill's ”Clear Hearts Grey Flowers”, the Screaming Trees' “Uncle Anesthesia”, and Aerosmith's “Love in an Elevator”. Also during this time, Ryden created book covers including Stephen King's novels Desperation and The Regulators. He made a living as a commercial artist until his work was taken up by Robert Williams, a former member of the Zap Comix collective, who in 1994 put it on the cover of Juxtapoz, a magazine devoted to "lowbrow art".

His debut solo show was entitled “The Meat Show” in Pasadena CA in 1998 and it was wholeheartedly acclaimed. One of his midcareer retrospecitves “Wondertoonel” was co-organized in 2004 by the Frye Museum in Seattle and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. It was the best attended exhibition since the Frye Art Museum opened in 1952 and broke attendance records in Pasadena.

Other shows and exhibitions have been presented in galleries in Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York, Spain and Italy as well as many other critical galleries Worldwide.


"CLEAR HEARTS, GREY FLOWERS" Giclee on Canvas by Mark Ryden

Title: "Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers"

Medium: Giclee on Canvas

Unframed Size: 12" x 12"

Framed Size: 16.5" x 16.5"

Asking Price: $3,200.00