I love art with an edge. For example, something that may look a certain way but has a darker interpretation. Mark Ryden exemplifies this is in his paintings. At first glance they may look fairytale-like and childish, but upon further examination you can see the strange representations and dark undertones.
“Viewers are initially drawn in by the comforting beauty of Ryden’s pop-culture references, then challenged by their circumstances, and finally transported to the artist’s final intent – a world where creatures speak from a place of childlike honesty about the state of mankind and our relationships with ourselves, each other and our past.”
Perhaps this is where Lady Ga Ga got her inspiration for the infamous meat dress?
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There are several more of Ryden’s paintings and drawings on his website. Click here to check them out!