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.
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
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
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.
Terry lives in Toronto and studied at OCAD University where he went through their interdisciplinary program. He works with ink, graphite and photoshop. For him art is a multi-faceted thing and he’s currently involved in a number of creative pursuits which include tee-shirt design, screenwriting, graphic novels and children’s book illustration. A selection of his works can be purchased at Society6 as archival prints, iPhone cases and laptop skins (see link top right of page).
Jean de Brunhoff was a French writer and illustrator known for creating the Babar books, the first of which appeared in 1931. He was the fourth and youngest child of Maurice de Brunhoff, a publisher, and his wife Marguerite. He attended Protestant schools, including the prestigious Ecole Alsacienne. Brunhoff joined the army and reached the front lines when World War I was almost over. Afterwards, he decided to be a professional artist and studied painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. In 1924 he married Cécile Sabouraud, a talented pianist, and they had two sons Laurent and Mathieu in 1925 and 1926 and then a third son, Thierry, was born nine years later.
The Babar books began as a bedtime story Jean’s wife told their children, Mathieu and Laurent, when they were four and five years old, respectively. She was trying to comfort Mathieu, who was sick. The boys liked the story of the little elephant who left the jungle for a city resembling Paris so much that they took it to their father, a painter, and asked him to illustrate it. He turned it into a picture book, with text, which was published by a family-run publishing house, Le jardin des modes. After the first book Histoire de Babar (The Story of Babar), six more titles followed before de Brunhoff died of tuberculosis at the age of 37. He was buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.
After Jean’s death, his brother Michel de Brunhoff, who was the editor of French Vogue, oversaw the publication in book form of his two last books, Babar and His Children and Babar and Father Christmas, both of which had been done in black and white for a British newspaper, The Daily Sketch. Michel de Brunhoff arranged for the black and white drawings to be painted in color, drafting the then-thirteen-year-old Laurent to do some of the work. The French publishing house Hachette later bought the rights to the Babar series. The first seven Babar albums were reprinted and millions of copies were sold all around the world.
Soon after the end of World War II, Laurent, who had followed in his father’s footsteps as a painter and had also studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiėre, began work on a Babar book of his own. Although his style of painting was different from his father’s and he emphasized picture more than text in the creation of his books, he trained himself to draw elephants in strict accord with the style of his father. Consequently many people did not notice any difference in authorship and assumed the six-year gap in the series was because of the war. Laurent has always been careful to emphasize that Babar was his father’s creation (and to some extent his mother’s) and that he continued the series largely as a way of keeping his father and his own childhood alive.