Mark Ryden. Pinxit, Art EditionEdition of 50Silk-screen print, 35.5 x 48 cm (14 x 19 in.), hardcover volume, leather-bound, with embossing, in cloth-covered clamshell box, 37.5 x 50 cm (14.8 x 19.7 in.), 366 pages9500Edition: English, French, German
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Art Edition, limited to 50 copies, each signed by the artist, with silk-screen print
Mark Ryden. Pinxit, Art Edition9500
Fuzzy bunnies, big-eyed girls, meat, magic, and mystery
Mark Ryden’s carnival of curiosities
Ryden’s vocabulary ranges from cryptic to cute, treading a fine line between nostalgic cliché and disturbing archetype. Seduced by his infinitely detailed and meticulously glazed surfaces, the viewer is confronted with the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence and the mysterious recesses of the soul. A subtle disquiet inhabits his paintings; the work is achingly beautiful as it hints at darker psychic stuff beneath the surface of cultural kitsch. In Ryden’s world cherubic girls rub elbows with strange and mysterious figures. Ornately carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance that adds gravity to their enigmatic themes.
Pinxit, whose title refers to the Latin term meaning “painted by,” is organized by the themes of Ryden’s major exhibitions and covers nearly two decades of Ryden’s practice. The volume includes commentaries by Yoshitomo Nara, Carlo McCormick, and others, as well as a new essay by culture critic Kristine McKenna. Quarter-bound with leather spine and a gold-relief embossed cover, the monograph reproduces Ryden’s paintings and drawings to the highest standard on archival-quality paper and features over a dozen paintings as fold-outs, opening to a staggering 150 cm (59 inches) across.
This Art Edition of 50 numbered copies (No. 1–50), each signed by the artist, comes with an eight-color silk-screen print on fine handmade paper from Bhutan, and is embossed with a beautifully hand-sculpted bee and printer’s chop.
Mark Ryden received a BFA in 1987 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including a retrospective Wondertoonel at the Frye Museum of Art in Seattle and Pasadena Museum of California Art, and in the exhibition The Artist’s Museum at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Mark Ryden. Pinxit, Art EditionEdition of 50Silk-screen print, 35.5 x 48 cm (14 x 19 in.), hardcover volume, leather-bound, with embossing, in cloth-covered clamshell box, 37.5 x 50 cm (14.8 x 19.7 in.), 366 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-2580-0Edition: English, French, German
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