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Accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity from Porterhouse Fine Art Editions. Blindstamped with a "P" to lower left and a bee to lower right.
Mark Ryden’s pop-surrealist works feature fantasy landscapes populated with anthropomorphic beasts and doe-eyed children, and are saccharine soaked to the point of being nearly evil. The Grand Motor Car depicts a fanciful steam-powered automobile painted pink with Maoist style markings—Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions
Housed in a gilt wood frame. 30 x 22 in.
Signature: Signed and numbered in pencil lower left "20/40 Mark Ryden
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Porterhouse Fine Art Editions
In a meticulous painting style, Los-Angeles artist Mark Ryden creates fantastical images that juxtapose cartoon-like animals with uncanny depictions of children. A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in the late 1980s, Ryden built his career as the lines between street art and painting were blurring, and his approach thrives on this pairing of high and low culture. In his series “The Gay 90s’” (which refers to the 1890s), he drew upon his large collection of books, toys, statues, and photographs to create depictions of the Victorian era that are both ominous and surreal. “I wanted to delve head-on into the realm of sentimentality, nostalgia, and kitsch, which are such taboo subjects in the art world.”
American, b. 1963, Medford, Oregon, based in Eagle Rock, California