Blending themes of pop culture with techniques reminiscent of the old masters, Mark Ryden has created a singular style that blurs the traditional boundaries between high and low art. His work first garnered attention in the 1990s when he ushered in a new genre of painting, “Pop Surrealism”, dragging a host of followers in his wake. Ryden has trumped the initial surrealist strategies by choosing subject matter loaded with cultural connotation.
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.
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.
Adams work encompasses a mixture of commissioned projects and self initiated work - always with a strong emphasis on drawing. He contributed to major exhibitions and book fairs in London, New York, Edinburgh and Bologna, as well as numerous Japanese art museums. His work has been shortlisted for a British Design Award and in 2009 he was included in the Art Directors Club Young Guns awards.
These wonderful Victorian styled portraits of Star Wars characters were done by Greg Peltz whom works at Pixar. And if you are a Star Wars fan and want to hang these in your home you can purchase the prints at
Victoria Garcia is an artist, designer and illustrator from Sydney, Australia.
She currently works as a textiles designer where she creates digital textile print designs for both local and international clients that have included Ginger and Smart, Peter Alexander, Lisa Ho, Marnie Skillings and Karen Walker.
Victoria’s approach to graphic design has been heavily influenced by her illustrative work and she specializes in creating hand drawn imagery and pattern.http://surrocodelia.com
John Baizley is a painter and musician based in Savannah, Georgia. He is notable for his album cover art and t-shirts for artists including Kylesa, Pig Destroyer, Darkest Hour, Daughters, Skeletonwitch, Torche, Cursed, Black Tusk, Kvelertak, Vitamin X, Flight of the Conchords, The Red Chord, Gillian Welch and his own band, Baroness for which he is the singer and rhythm guitarist.
Jun Kumaori is 23 years old! a Japanese artist whose artwork has a distinct mangalike appearance and features expressionless schoolgirls. The stoic figures in these Jun Kumaori pieces add a more bizarre twist to the already-quirky images.
Alberto Cerriteño is a Mexican illustrator & designer who has lived in America; Portland for nearly four years now. Strongly inspired by urban vinyl toys, alternative cartoons, and the pop surrealism movement, Alberto Cerriteño has developed his own very personal technique and style, having always present a delicate hints of traditional Mexican artistic influences in his management of rich textures and decorative patterns. These contrast strikingly with the blending of desaturated colors and ink, sometimes featuring a vintage coffee finish. Alberto Cerriteño illustrations have been recognized by progressive art institutions such as Juxtapoz, Create, Drawn!, The Little Chimp Society, Computer Arts, Communication Arts and IDN among others. He has also been invited to participate in collaborative art projects all around the world and diverse solo and groupal gallery shows.
With more than ten years of experience as Art Director in several agencies doing advertising, print, interactive, installations and educational work. Now is working as independent artist to collaborate with talented people with quirky and creative ideas focusing in anything where he can apply his illustrative creations.
Oscar Delmar is a Graphic Designer and Illustrator of the Canary Islands and based in Barcelona, at the moment…Traditional techniques, digital, and much experimentation combine to express a way of seeing things. Watercolor, ink, pen, pencils, old papers, cardboard, a bike to move, lost sleep, photoshop, music and many more stuff.
Saelee Oh is an American artist of Korean descent who currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her works primarily consist of drawings, paintings and cut paper, although on occasion she has also created sculptural installations and stop-motion animations. Through her delicate imagery, Saelee explores themes including: utopia, female empowerment, identity, connection, alienation, nature, and animal symbolism. In 2003, she graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with a BFA in Illustration. She has given presentations at Saint Lawrence University and Harvard University, and her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, as well as in the UK and Japan.
Audrey is most known for her oil on wood works, which manage to come out both innocent yet erotic, attractive yet disturbing. As a graduate of Fine Arts Painting from the Pratt Institute, the young female artist has already mastered a precise technical style influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau, painting women who captivate with the direct stare of their bedroom eyes.